Loop Mobile Appeals to TDSAT on the right of extension of license without participating in the auction

Loop Mobile has appealed to TDSAT to extend its license and in the process be given the Right of First Refusal for the 900MHz of spectrum that it holds in Mumbai . This is in line with its earlier individual application demanding the right to retain the allotted spectrum by paying the market determined price without participating in the auction process .

Loop Mobile

Loop Mobile feels it has right of extension of licence which includes within itself the right to retain the spectrum already allocated. The Government has however gone ahead with auction of spectrum which is being held by LMIL and therefore strongly apprehend that this will cause grave prejudice to Loop Mobile by creating third party interest

This will ensure that incumbent operators like Loop Mobile who have made huge investments in building a network and have substantial subscriber base and revenue streams, the opportunity to protect the same without the uncertainty of auction is lesser .

The grounds of the petition is the license that was granted to Loop Mobile India Limited in 1994 was bundled/embedded along with the spectrum allocated in 900 Mhz band and forms an integral part of the license and constitutes it s basic foundation and feature, and hence the two cannot be separated. The extension of license for a further period of 10 years is an inherent contractual right forming an integral part of the license agreement. The term used in the licence agreement is ‘extension’.

Even otherwise Loop Mobile’s license is expiring in November 2014 and, therefore, Loop Mobile has full right to take the spectrum from the government even after February 2014 auctions.

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  • Idea88 January 17, 2014 9:58 pm

    @esmail i want to knw. If i used 3g handset and if i am using 2g pack in 3g handset . I wil get hspa speed witht paying fr 3G.?????? Help me dost

    • Esmail January 19, 2014 4:43 pm

      Haha, u want to have the cake and eat it too :p No it’s not possible to get 3G speeds on 2G pack even if u are using a 3G capable mobile and have the 3G radio active.

  • Aditya January 17, 2014 1:02 pm

    Can anyone tell me , Which is the best 3g service provider in Mumbai? I am confused between Airtel , Reliance & Vodafone or MTNL .

    Guys please comment

    • Esmail January 17, 2014 9:37 pm

      If you are looking for 3G on data card platform I would suggest MTNL low speed compared to the rest but very affordable, if you are looking for use in mobile I would suggest reliance, good speed and coverage at decent prices. Airtel and Vodafone tariffs are high so wouldn’t suggest.

    • DUANE January 19, 2014 12:20 am

      Airtel gives me speeds of around 4.7 mbps – Thane Mumbai

  • Abhijit January 17, 2014 10:58 am

    New in today’s TOI: Loop in talk with AirTel for overtaking the operation in Mumbai.
    If AirTel overtakes Loop, it will have top most subscriber base in Mumbai…

    • DUANE January 19, 2014 12:21 am

      Airtel cannot overtake Loop, as Loop has more customers.
      However Airtel may acquire (take over) Loop.
      Is this what you were trying to say ???

  • Idea88 January 17, 2014 10:57 am

    Today read times of india abt news of- airtel to buy loop in rs.750 crore whre market price is 1250 approx. Loop having more than 30% postpoaid customers.

  • Deepak Sharma January 16, 2014 11:02 pm

    Loop mobile network is best call rates are also cheeper that other operatets but there internet services are very very bad.
    Because of that i have out from loop to Aircel and now i am happy with Aircel.

  • kashif January 16, 2014 7:52 pm

    loop is one of the best operator in Mumbai.
    still very cheapest and good mobile service
    none of service provider can compare their
    tariff with loop mobile… keep stay in Mumbai
    even try to spread your network

  • Sahil January 16, 2014 7:50 pm

    All this appeal stuff is a farce. There is a back room agreement between Airtel and Loop/Essar. That Loop will be acquired by Airtel, and that Loop will stay out of auction so that prices/bidding don’t go very high. For this extra black charges will be paid to Loop. Everybody happy.

    Will be happy to see Rjio, Airtel, Idea win 900 mhz. Anyone except Vodafone. British divide and rule Vodafone is a curse on India.

  • umesh January 16, 2014 7:14 pm

    Loop Plz Sell urself to Uninor !

  • Ali January 16, 2014 1:59 pm

    Loop Mobile please stay back you are the best operator in mumbai!!!

  • Esmail January 16, 2014 1:47 pm

    Even MTS had threatened the government with international arbitration and MTS was at a stronger position with Russian government backing, but in the end they had to let it go and surrender their operations in the circles where their licences were cancelled and are operational only in the circles where they won spectrum through fresh auction process, here the only difference is that instead of being cancelled the licences of LOOP have expired, and the licence terms clearly state that the extension for a further period of 10 years could be granted if DOT sees it fit, and here DOT does not see it fit and wishes to auction the spectrum held by LOOP. BPL and Khaitan will have to give in to it and surrender operations from November or sell their infrastructure to Bharti or some other major operator.