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TRAI Recommends Cancellation Of 69 UAS Licenses: Loop, Etisalat, Uninor, MTS, Videocon Worst Hit

The Indian telecom regulator TRAI has recommended the cancellation of 69 Universal Access Service licenses, the Department of Telecom has clarified to Parliament today (copy below), and not “85 2G licenses”, as has been reported in the media. According to the list (copy below), the number of licenses recommended for cancellation are as follows:

– Loop Telecom (20 licenses)
– Etisalat DB (15 licenses, including Allianz Infratech)
– Sistema Shyam / MTS (11 licenses)
– Videocon (10 licenses)
– Unitech Wireless (8 licenses)
– Dishnet Wireless (3 licenses)
– Aircel (2 licenses)

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Press Release: Source

Cancellation of 2G Spectrum Licences

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TRAI has not recommended cancellation of 2G spectrum licenses of 85 companies. However, recently TRAI has recommended for cancellation of 38 Unified Access Service (UAS) Licenses as per following details:

S. No. Name of Licensee Company Number of UAS licences
1. Aircel Ltd. 1
2. Dishnet Wireless Ltd. 3
3. Etisalat DB Telecom Pvt. Ltd. 2
4. Loop Telecom Ltd. 14
5. Sistema Shyam Teleservices Ltd. 10
6. Unitech Wireless (East) Pvt. Ltd. 2
7. Unitech Wireless (North) Pvt. Ltd. 5
8. Unitech Wireless (West) Pvt. Ltd. 1

Further TRAI has also recommended for cancellation of 31 UAS licenses after legal examination as per following details:

S. No. Name of Licensee Company Number of UAS licences
1. Aircel Ltd. 1
2. Allianz Infratech (P) Ltd. 2
3. Etisalat DB Telecom Pvt. Ltd. 11
4. Loop Telecom Ltd. 6
5. Sistema Shyam Teleservices Ltd. 1
6. Videocon Telecommunications Ltd. 10

The Report of Comptroller & Auditor General of India (CAG) on “Issue of Licences and Allocation of 2G Spectrum by the Department of Telecommunications”, has been tabled in the Parliament on 16.11.2010. As per the CAG Report following companies were ineligible on the date of their respective applications for grant of UAS licences:

S. No. Old Name of Company Present Name of Company
1. Swan Telecom Pvt. Ltd. Etisalat DB Telecom Pvt. Ltd.
2. Loop Telecom Pvt. Ltd. Loop Telecom Ltd
3. S. Tel Ltd. S Tel Pvt. Ltd.
4. Hudson Properties Ltd. Unitech Wireless (Delhi) Pvt.Ltd.
5. Nahan Properties Pvt. Ltd. Unitech Wireless (East) Pvt. Ltd.
6. Azare Properties Ltd. Unitech Wireless (Kolkata) Pvt. Ltd.
7. Unitech Infrastructure Pvt. Ltd. Unitech Wireless (Mumbai) Pvt. Ltd.
8. Adonis Projects Pvt. Ltd. Unitech Wireless (North) Pvt. Ltd.
9. Aska Projects Ltd. Unitech Wireless (South) Pvt. Ltd.
10. Unitech Builders & Estates Pvt. Ltd. Unitech Wireless (Tamil Nadu) Pvt. Ltd.
11. Volga Properties Pvt Ltd. Unitech Wireless (West) Pvt. Ltd.
12. Datacom Solutions Pvt. Ltd. Videocon Telecommunications Ltd.
13. Allianz Infratech (P) Ltd. Allianz Infratech (P) Ltd.

As per information received from the companies M/s. Allianz Infratech (P) Ltd. has amalgamated with M/s. Etisalat DB Telecom Pvt. Ltd. and companies mentioned at serial number 4 to 9 & 11 have amalgamated with M/s. Unitech Wireless (Tamil Nadu) Pvt. Ltd. as per the orders of the Hon’ble High court(s).

Unified Access Services (UAS) licences have been granted in terms of the UAS guidelines dated 14.12.2005.

Government has decided to issue show cause notices to the errant companies after due examinations.

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This information was given by the Minister of State for Communications & Information Technology, Shri Sachin Pilot in written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha today.

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Founder @ MediaNama. TED Fellow. Asia21 Fellow @ Asia Society. Co-founder SaveTheInternet.in and Internet Freedom Foundation. Advisory board @ CyberBRICS

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