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GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
Ministry of Communications and Information Technology
DEPARTMENT OF TELECOMMUNICATIONS

 


RAJYA SABHA
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO.1445
TO BE ANSWERED ON 12th AUGUST, 2011
Cancellation of Licences for Violating Rollout Obligations

 

 

 

1445. SHRI RAJEEV CHANDRASEKHAR:

 

Will the Minister of COMMUNICATIONS AND INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY be pleased to state:

 

(a) Whether it is a fact that there is disagreement between the Telecom Regulatory Authority

 

Of India (TRAI) recommendations of November-December 2010 and the Department of Telecom (DoT) on the number of licenses to be cancelled for violation of rollout obligations;

 

(h) If so, the details thereof:

 

(c) The current status of each of the said TRAl recommendations and the action taken by DoT against operators. Operator-wise, circle-wise and date-wise; and

 

(d) By when Government expects to fully resolve this issue so that appropriate action can be taken against those who have violated licences with impunity?

 

 

ANSWER
THE MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF COMMUNICATIONS AND INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
(SHRI MILIND DEORA)

 

 

 

(a)    & (b) TRAI vide its letters dated 18th November 2010 and 22nd December 2010 recommended for cancellation of 43 Unified Access Service (UAS) licenses as per license conditions and to seriously consider the cancellation of another 31 UAS licenses in view of non – utilization of spectrum and resultant loss of revenue to exchequer after legal examination, out of 145 VAS licenses granted between the year 2006 to 2008.

 

   DoT has examined the recommendations of TRAI as per the UAS License conditions in consultation with Ministry of Law and Justice and came to a prima facie conclusion that 18 licenses are liable for cancellation as per license conditions.

 

(c)    The current status of each of the said TRAI recommendations and the action taken by DoT against operators, operator-wise License Service Area wise and date-wise is a09-02-2011ched as annexure.

 

(d)    Since the Government came to a prima facie conclusion that TRAI recommendations may need modification, the reference was sent back to TRAI for its reconsideration as per TRAI Act. The recommendations of TRAI after reconsideration has been received vide its letter dated 14th July 2011. It is proposed to take final decision on recommendations of the TRAI after taking into consideration legal advice in this regard and accordingly at this stage no definite time frame can be given to fully resolve this issue.

 

Contd... 2/-

 

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No.

Name Of The Service Area

Name Of The Licensee

Category As Per TRAI Recommendation

Date Of Issue Demand Notices For Imposition Of Ld

Date of issue of show cause notice for cancellation of licenses

1

Bihar

Aditya Birla telecom Ltd.

A1

2

Andhra Pradesh

Aircel Ltd.

B1

14-12-2010

31.03.2011

3

Delhi

Aircel Ltd.

B1

19-01-2011

4

Gujarat

Aircel Ltd.

B2

14-12-2010

31.03.2011

5

Karnataka

Aircel Ltd.

B1

14-12-2010

6

Maharashtra

Aircel Ltd.

B1

23-12-2010

7

Mumbai

Aircel Ltd.

B1

08-02-2011

8

Rajasthan

Aircel Ltd.

C2

28-12-2010

31.03.2011

9

Bihar

Allianz Infratech (P) Ltd.

B2

28-12-2010

10

Madhya Pradesh

Allianz Infratech (P) Ltd.

B2

30-12-2010

11

Haryana

Dishnet Wireless Ltd.

C2

14-01-2011

02.06.2011

12

Kerala

Dishnet Wireless Ltd.

B1

14-01-2011

13

Kolkata

Dishnet Wireless Ltd.

C1

14-12-2010

02.06.2011

14

Madhya Pradesh

Dishnet Wireless Ltd.

C2

28-12-2010

02.06.2011

15

Punjab

Dishnet Wireless Ltd.

C2

23-12-2010

02.06.2011

16

Uttar Pradesh (East)

Dishnet Wireless Ltd.

B1

14-12-2010

17

Uttar Pradesh (West)

Dishnet Wireless Ltd.

B1

14-01-2011

18

Andhra Pradesh

Etisalat DB Telecom Pvt. Ltd.

B2

14-12-2010

19

Delhi

Etisalat DB Telecom Pvt. Ltd.

D2

19-01-2011

07.03.2011

20

Gujarat

Etisalat DB Telecom Pvt. Ltd.

B2

14-12-2010

21

Haryana

Etisalat DB Telecom Pvt. Ltd.

B2

23-12-2010

22

Karnataka

Etisalat DB Telecom Pvt. Ltd.

B2

23-12-2010

23

Kerala

Etisalat DB Telecom Pvt. Ltd.

B2

19-01-2011

24

Maharashtra

Etisalat DB Telecom Pvt. Ltd.

B2

28-12-2010

25

Mumbai

Etisalat DB Telecom Pvt. Ltd.

D2

28-12-2010

07.03.2011

26

Punjab

Etisalat DB Telecom Pvt. Ltd.

B2

23-12-2010

27

Rajasthan

Etisalat DB Telecom Pvt. Ltd.

B2

23-12-2010

28

Tamil Nadu (Including Chennai Service Area)

Etisalat DB Telecom Pvt. Ltd.

B2

28-12-2010

29

Uttar Pradesh (East)

Etisalat DB Telecom Pvt. Ltd.

B2

14-12-2010

30

Uttar Pradesh (West)

Etisalat DB Telecom Pvt. Ltd.

B2

14-12-2010

31

Assam

Idea Cellular Ltd.

A1

32

Jammu & Kashmir

Idea Cellular Ltd.

A1

21-04-2011

33

Karnataka

Idea Cellular Ltd.

Cancel License

11.05.2011

34

Kolkata

Idea Cellular Ltd.

A1

35

Mumbai

Idea Cellular Ltd.

B1

36

North East

Idea Cellular Ltd.

B1

Sl.

No.

Name Of The Service Area

Name Of The Licensee

Category As Per TRAI Recommendation

Date Of Issue Demand Notices For Imposition Of Ld

Date of issue of show cause notice for cancellation of licenses

37

Orissa

Idea Cellular Ltd.

A1

38

Punjab

Idea Cellular Ltd.

Cancel License

21-04-2011

39

Tamil Nadu (Including Chennai Service Area)

Idea Cellular Ltd.

A1

40

West Bengal

Idea Cellular Ltd.

B1

14-01-2011

41

Andhra Pradesh

Loop Telecom Ltd.

D2

14-12-2010

42

Assam

Loop Telecom Ltd.

D2

28-12-2010

43

Bihar

Loop Telecom Ltd.

D2

28-12-2010

44

Delhi

Loop Telecom Ltd.

Nil

45

Gujarat

Loop Telecom Ltd.

D2

46

Haryana

Loop Telecom Ltd.

B2

14-01-2011

47

Himachal Pradesh

Loop Telecom Ltd.

D2

28-12-2010

48

Jammu & Kashmir

Loop Telecom Ltd.

D2

28-12-2010

49

Karnataka

Loop Telecom Ltd.

D2

14-12-2010

50

Kerala

Loop Telecom Ltd.

D2

28-12-2010

51

Kolkata

Loop Telecom Ltd.

B2

14-12-2010

52

Madhya Pradesh

Loop Telecom Ltd.

B2

23-12-2010

53

Maharashtra

Loop Telecom Ltd.

D2

23-12-2010

54

North East

Loop Telecom Ltd.

D2

23-12-2010

55

Orissa

Loop Telecom Ltd.

B2

14-01-2011

56

Punjab

Loop Telecom Ltd.

A2

57

Rajasthan

Loop Telecom Ltd.

B2

28-12-2010

58

Tamil Nadu (Including Chennai Service Area)

Loop Telecom Ltd.

D2

23-12-2010

59

Uttar  Pradesh (East)

Loop Telecom Ltd.

D2

28-12-2010

60

Uttar Pradesh ( West)

Loop Telecom Ltd.

D2

14-01-2011

61

West Bengal

Loop Telecom Ltd.

D2

14-01-2011

62

Assam

S Tel Pvt. Ltd.

B1

28-12-2010

63

Bihar

S Tel Pvt. Ltd.

B1

28-12-2010

64

Himachal Pradesh

S Tel Pvt. Ltd.

B1

65

Jammu & Kashmir

S Tel Pvt. Ltd.

D1

19-01-2011

66

North East

S Tel Pvt. Ltd.

B1

19-01-2011

67

Orissa

S Tel Pvt. Ltd.

B1

14-01-2011

68

Andhra Pradesh

Sistema Shyam TeleServices Ltd.

B2

14-12-2010

Sl.

No.

Name Of The Service Area

Name Of The Licensee

Category As Per TRAI Recommendation

Date Of Issue Demand Notices For Imposition Of Ld

Date of issue of show cause notice for cancellation of licenses

69

Assam

Sistema Shyam TeleServices Ltd.

D2

28-12-2010

05.04.2011

70

Bihar

Sistema Shyam TeleServices Ltd.

B1

28-12-2010

71

Delhi

Sistema Shyam TeleServices Ltd.

B1

09-02-2011

72

Gujarat

Sistema Shyam TeleServices Ltd.

D2

28-12-2010

73

Haryana

Sistema Shyam TeleServices Ltd.

B1

14-12-2010

74

Himachal Pradesh

Sistema Shyam TeleServices Ltd.

D2

23-12-2010

75

Jammu & Kashmir

Sistema Shyam TeleServices Ltd.

D2

23-12-2010

76

Karnataka

Sistema Shyam TeleServices Ltd.

B1

14-12-2010

77

Kerala

Sistema Shyam TeleServices Ltd.

A1

19-01-2011

05.04.2011

78

Kolkata

Sistema Shyam TeleServices Ltd.

B1

19-01-2011

79

Madhya Pradesh

Sistema Shyam TeleServices Ltd.

D2

28-12-2010

80

Maharashtra

Sistema Shyam TeleServices Ltd.

B1

28-12-2010

81

Mumbai

Sistema Shyam TeleServices Ltd.

B1

09-02-2011

82

North East

Sistema Shyam TeleServices Ltd.

D2

28-12-2010

83

Orissa

Sistema Shyam TeleServices Ltd.

D2

14-01-2011

84

Punjab

Sistema Shyam TeleServices Ltd.

D2

23-12-2010

85

Tamil Nadu (Including Chennai Service Area)

Sistema Shyam TeleServices Ltd.

B1

28-12-2010

86

Uttar Pradesh (East)

Sistema Shyam TeleServices Ltd.

D2

14-12-2010

87

Uttar Pradesh ( West)

Sistema Shyam TeleServices Ltd.

D2

14-12-2010

88

West Bengal

Sistema Shyam TeleServices Ltd.

B1

06-01-2011

05.04.2011

89

Andhra Pradesh

Spice Communications Ltd.

Cancel License

21-04-2011

11.05.2011

90

Delhi

Spice Communications Ltd.

Nil

91

Haryana

Spice Communications Ltd.

Cancel License

21-04-2011

92

Maharashtra

Spice Communications Ltd.

Cancel License

21-04-2011

93

Assam

Tata Teleservices Ltd.

B1

94

Jammu & Kashmir

Tata Teleservices Ltd.

B1

95

North East

Tata Teleservices Ltd.

B1

96

Delhi

Unitech Wireless (Delhi) Pvt. Ltd

Nil

97

Assam

Unitech Wireless (East) Pvt. Ltd

D2

28-12-2010

98

Bihar

Unitech Wireless (East) Pvt. Ltd

B1

28-12-2010

99

North East

Unitech Wireless (East) Pvt. Ltd

D2

28-12-2010

100

Orissa

Unitech Wireless (East) Pvt. Ltd

B1

23-12-2010

101

Uttar Pradesh (East)

Unitech Wireless (East) Pvt. Ltd

B1

14-12-2010

102

West Bengal

Unitech Wireless (East) Pvt. Ltd

B1

30-12-2010

103

Kolkata

Unitech Wireless (Kolkata) Pvt. Ltd

B1

14-12-2010

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No.

Name Of The Service Area

Name Of The Licensee

Category As Per Trai Recommendation

Date Of Issue Demand Notices For Imposition Of Ld

Date of issue of show cause notice for cancellation of licenses

104

Mumbai

Unitech Wireless (Mumbai) Pvt. Ltd

B1

01-02-2011

105

Haryana

Unitech Wireless (North)Pvt. Ltd

D2

14-01-2011

106

Himachal Pradesh

Unitech Wireless (North)Pvt. Ltd

D2

23-12-2010

107

Jammu & Kashmir

Unitech Wireless (North)Pvt. Ltd

D2

23-12-2010

108

Punjab

Unitech Wireless (North)Pvt. Ltd

D2

19-01-2011

109

Rajasthan

Unitech Wireless (North)Pvt. Ltd

D2

23-12-2010

110

U09-02-2011r Pradesh (West)

Unitech Wireless (North)Pvt. Ltd

B1

09-02-2011

111

Andhra Pradesh

Unitech Wireless (South)Pvt. Ltd

B1

14-12-2010

112

Karnataka

Unitech Wireless (South)Pvt.Ltd

B1

14-12-2010

113

Kerala

Unitech Wireless (South)Pvt. Ltd

B1

23-12-2010

114

Tamil Nadu (Including Chennai Service Area)

Unitech Wireless (Tamil Nadu)Pvt. Ltd

B1

23-12-2010

115

Gujarat

Unitech Wireless (West)Pvt. Ltd

B1

30-12-2010

116

Madhya Pradesh

Unitech Wireless (West)Pvt. Ltd

D2

14-01-2011

117

Maharashtra

Unitech Wireless (West)Pvt. Ltd

B1

28-12-2010

118

Andhra Pradesh

Videocon Telecommunications Ltd.

B2

14-01-2011

119

Assam

Videocon Telecommunications Ltd.

D1

14-01-2011

120

Bihar

Videocon Telecommunications Ltd.

B2

28-12-2010

121

Delhi

Videocon Telecommunications Ltd.

Nil

122

Gujarat

Videocon Telecommunications Ltd.

B1

14-12-2010

123

Haryana

Videocon Telecommunications Ltd.

B1

06-01-2011

124

Himachal Pradesh

Videocon Telecommunications Ltd.

B2

23-12-2010

125

Jammu & Kashmir

Videocon Telecommunications Ltd.

D1

19-01-2011

126

Karnataka

Videocon Telecommunications Ltd.

B2

14-01-2011

127

Kerala

Videocon Telecommunications Ltd.

B1

19-01-2011

128

Kolkata

Videocon Telecommunications Ltd.

D1

14-12-2010

129

Madhya Pradesh

Videocon Telecommunications Ltd.

B1

14-01-2011

130

Maharashtra

Videocon Telecommunications Ltd.

B2

23-12-2010

Sl.

No.

Name Of The Service Area

Name Of The Licensee

Category As Per Trai Recommendation

Date Of Issue Demand Notices For Imposition Of Ld

Date of issue of show cause notice for cancellation of licenses

131

Mumbai

Videocon Telecommunications Ltd.

B1

08-02-2011

132

North East

Videocon Telecommunications Ltd.

D1

19-01-2011

133

Orissa

Videocon Telecommunications Ltd.

B2

23-12-2010

134

Rajasthan

Videocon Telecommunications Ltd.

B2

23-12-2010

135

Tamil Nadu (Including Chennai Service Area)

Videocon Telecommunications Ltd.

B1

08-02-2011

136

U09-02-2011r Pradesh (East)

Videocon Telecommunications Ltd.

B2

06-01-2011

137

U09-02-2011r Pradesh ( West)

Videocon Telecommunications Ltd.

B2

14-12-2010

138

West Bengal

Videocon Telecommunications Ltd.

B2

06-01-2011

139

Assam

Vodafone Essar Spacetel Ltd.

A1

140

Bihar

Vodafone Essar Spacetel Ltd.

B1

19-01-2011

141

Himachal Pradesh

Vodafone Essar Spacetel Ltd.

A1

142

Jammu & Kashmir

Vodafone Essar Spacetel Ltd.

B1

09-02-2011

143

Madhya Pradesh

Vodafone Essar Spacetel Ltd.

A1

144

North East

Vodafone Essar Spacetel Ltd.

B1

09-02-2011

02.06.2011

145

Orissa

Vodafone Essar Spacetel Ltd.

B1

19-01-2011

 

 

Note:

 

(a)    Category A1 – No action is needed in these cases;

 

(b)   Category B1 – Liquidated Damages may be imposed as per license conditions;

 

(c)    Category C1- Liquidated damages may be imposed as per license conditions, the licenses have to be cancelled. But since the rollout is satisfactory, it may be examined whether the licenses can be continued to avoid inconvenience to public. This would require legal examination.

 

(d)   Category D1- Liquidated damages may be imposed as per license conditions. The expiry of 52 weeks is due to take place shortly and as such these cases need to be monitored closely.

 

(e)   Category A2- Cancellation of licenses needs to be seriously considered in view of non- utilization of spectrum and resultant loss of revenue to exchequer. This may however require legal examination.

 

(f)     Category B2- Liquidated damages may be imposed as per license conditions. Besides, cancelation of licenses needs to be seriously considered in view of non- utilization of spectrum and resultant loss of revenue to exchequer. This may however require legal examination.

 

(g)    Category C2 and D2 – Licenses may be cancelled as per license conditions in addition to levy of liquidated damages.