Spice Telecom has opted out from the petition filed by GSM association COAI
with the Telecom Disputes Settlement Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT) challenging the
telecom department''s award of spectrum for dual-technology use. Instead, the Modi
group company has sought licences to start mobile services in 20 circles across
decision comes after Reliance Communications chairman Anil Ambani''s criticism
of the COAI''s move to challenge the new spectrum norms.
Spice Telecom, Idea Cellular, Bharti Airtel and Vodafone-Essar had moved the TDSAT
under the banner of COAI, challenging the department''s new norms on spectrum allocation
and allowing usage of dual technology.
and Spice Telecom have since then withdrawn cases against the DoT.
would like to clarify that we have no objection to the issuance of the in-principle
approval by department of telecom for cross-over spectrum allotment," Spice
Telecom said in a letter to DoT, adding "Our key focus area is issuance of
letter of intent to us in respect of our application submitted in August 2006
for 20 circles."
Telecom''s move could further weaken the case of GSM lobby in TDSAT after Aircel
refusal to move along with the case.
minister A Raja now claims that COAI had misled the telecom operators, the media
and the general public, by their own admission.
Communications and Tata Indicom had sought to reap the benefit of dual technology
immediately after the announcement of the new policy mechanism, prompting COAI
to act lest its members are put at a ''disadvantage''.
licences are technology neutral and they were upheld by the Telecom Regulatory
Authority of India recommended to the telecom department.