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Telecom Digest: TDSAT Rulings, Tata Tele, Idea Cellular, Telecom Commission

– The Telecom Disputes Settlement and Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT) has directed the Department of telecom to release GSM spectrum for the Delhi circle, responding to a petition filed by Tata Teleservices in December 2010, alleging “discrimination and arbitrariness” against it by the Department of Telecom under the cross-over spectrum policy. The TDSAT also mentioned that Tata was entitled to spectrum ahead of Idea and Unitech, since it was an existing licensee. With this, Tata Docomo will be able to start services in the Delhi circle. More at The Economic Times

– Idea Cellular has issued a Press statement informing that the Telecom Disputes Settlement and Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT), has restrained the Department of Telecom from enforcing the penalty of Rs. 250 crore imposed on Idea for 5 overlapping licenses. The interim order has been granted on Idea’s plea against DoT’s demand notice issued to Idea in June 2011.

– The Telecom Commission’s meeting on Tuesday remained inconclusive according to a senior official. It discussed several proposals including one-time charges for extra spectrum held by operators, licensing issues, national broadband plan and the sale of surplus land lying with Tata Communications. The commission will meet again by July-end to decide on the key sectoral issues. More at The Economic Times

Kapil Sibal, the Minister for Communications and Information Technology held a Roundtable Conference with Consumer User Groups of Telecom and Consumer Forums to discuss various concerns of consumers. The conference discussed issues pertaining to MNP, activation of VAS products, and unsolicited calls and messages, amongst others. Press Release

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