Stormy Times For India’s Telecom Sector Ahead How It Will Impact On Subscribers?

So mobile bubble bursts in India! With Supreme Court’s verdict regarding cancellation of 122 licenses for 2G mobile services given in 2008 by the-then Telecom Minister A. Raja, Indian telecom sector will see worst nightmare in coming days while incumbent operators will have their position stronger than ever in last 4 years.

Stormy Times For India’s Telecom Sector Ahead How It Will Impact On Subscribers?

Supreme Court comments that 2G spectrum in 2008 was given away in a “totally arbitrary and unconstitutional” manner. SC also imposed penalty of 5 Cr to Etisalat-DB, Unitech Wireless and Tatas and Rs 50 lakh to Loop and Shyam-Sistema respectively.

The impacts of this decision are huge and can put the whole telecom sector in emergency as all of these operators are in business for some years and they have employees and too many contracts with vendors, network operators and other companies. Overall they have a good number of subscribers base also.

It proves that there was some mishap during the spectrum & license allocation in 2008. It also says that UPA Govt. did not work properly to get more earning by selling mobile licenses, which was earlier denied by present telecom minister Kapil Sibbal (zero loss). Blaming NDA Govt does not work here.

New Operators who grabbed licenses in 2008 are in big trouble. In 2008 Uninor, Sistem/MTS, Loop, Videocon, Tata Docomo (GSM) and Cheers emerged as new players. SC says with the old license operators can operate for 4 months. During this period TRAI and DoT will come up with some decisions for fresh issue of licences.

It is expected some operators like Cheers, Videocon, Loop and STel who did not invest much on business may leave the sector completely or partially but new Telecom Policy is still atleast 5 months away. But may be TRAI will come up with some rules to exit the market.

‘Shocked’ Uninor reacts that they are unfairly treated and expects ‘the authorities to ensure that our 36 million customers, 17500 workforce and 22,000 partners are not unjustly affected.’

Idea Cellular cites ” They have been unnecessarily been caught in this situation of cancelled licenses, just because the licenses were granted in January, 2008 which was as late as 18 months from the date of application. In fact, Idea Cellular had filed a Petition in TDSAT inter alia seeking to isolate our application from the 2007/08 applications, and thus requesting for priority under the then DoT policy of “first come first serve”.

Happier than ever incumbent operators – Airtel and Vodafone is in a position to have the most benefits. Idea Cellular is already in trouble with double licenses in certain circles as they acquired Spice Communications. Idea and Tata have issues with 5 and 3 circles respectively which I believe will be managed easily.

Reliance Communications clears the fact that they obtained license in 2001 and it will not have any impact on them.

This verdict hits the foreign investments in India as some of reputed MNC like Telenor, Etisalat, Sistema, BaTelCo invested in these new mobile operators. It simply goes very bad impression to overseas market. More importantly Russian Govt controlled Sistema and UAE Govt controlled Etisalat are also on the list, which will certainly impact on foreign direct investments in India.

End of low tariff era in India? For last few weeks incumbent players are singing chorus to hike the tariff. With new bidding of 2G spectrum, these old players can grab more spectrum as well as it gives more financial burden to new operators which may lead to tariff hike.

New operators like Uninor and Sistema-Shyam will be in the sector for sure, as they already invested a lot and have a stable subscriber base. But if they have to pay for new bidding the immediate impact will be on workforce to cut jobs.

Subscribers of new operators may have to migrate to other incumbent players and as usual has to be part of higher tariff rates.

Whatever it is coming, it will simply hit the ‘aam janta’ with tariff hike, problems faced with porting out and job loss while Govt will ‘just’ watch out incumbent players squeezing money from people.

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  • ralph February 7, 2012 2:40 am

    @RDB
    uninor claims they have invested 14,000 crore. the network is good, not great but good. but their plans are great!

  • Amit February 6, 2012 6:14 pm

    Kanna :What if TT or we start an online petition favouring Uninor/MTS to TRAI and SC?

    Thats a gud idea.. but lets c

  • Amit February 6, 2012 6:13 pm

    Arjun Chandrashekar :@Saurabh I’m Not Having Confirmation That Videocon Will Starts Service Again If Their License Got Cancelled. And One Thing I’m Not Having Hope On Videocon. Atleast I’m Having Hope On Uninor, Aircel and Docomo

    Why Aircel is in picture? I guess there is not license cancellation regarding Aircel…

  • Kanna February 6, 2012 4:48 pm

    What if TT or we start an online petition favouring Uninor/MTS to TRAI and SC?

  • Arjun Chandrashekar February 6, 2012 4:06 pm

    @Saurabh
    I’m Not Having Confirmation That Videocon Will Starts Service Again If Their License Got Cancelled. And One Thing I’m Not Having Hope On Videocon. Atleast I’m Having Hope On Uninor, Aircel and Docomo

  • Amit February 6, 2012 3:18 pm

    Abhishek Dutta :I believe,,,,Uninor & MTS will continue their services as it is and it wont affect on Indian telecom industry as they have already paid huge amounts to the Goverment to get the licence. May be they can pay the penalty charges. However, they should take care of their customers and do the fair judgement towards us. Hence, i just look forward that soon other New NTTs(telcos) should come to India and give their services, like- AT&T, Verizon wireless etc.

    I agree with you. Now it hight time so invite some very big names, so that we can get quality services. coz we are already paying a lot for calls ie 1.2 p /sec.
    AT&T, Sprint, Verizon are welcome…

  • dskushwaha February 6, 2012 2:51 pm

    @Saurabh
    ….
    ….
    What Raja did was charity…….

    I don’t agree with you in using the word ‘charity’ if he has got percent of money form the business.

  • Saurabh February 6, 2012 2:24 pm

    Dapru R Wangru :
    No xtra money would be required if we extract all the money from A.Raja and other politicians….from swiss accounts and maldives (new hideout after swiss wikileaks)

    Don’t make nonsense comments. Raja is not holding large chunk of money. It’s the corporates who sold their stake at a premium. For ex: Unitech Wireless got license and spectrum for Rs.1651 crores and sold 60% stake of their company at around Rs.6120 crores to Telenor. So money went into Unitech’s account not Raja’s account. Raja may had got some percent of it but not all. Similar things happened with other companies. They sold stake at premium after getting license so cheaply. This is what we call Business

    What Raja did was charity and what new operators did was their business.

  • Saurabh February 6, 2012 2:15 pm

    Pratik :

    Arjun Chandrashekar :
    @Raghu
    Telenor Will Leave Unitech and Makes It’s Own Network in India. But Surely Videocon, STEL, ETISALAT Will Get Lost From Telecom Industry

    they cant take it as wholly owned subsidiry of telenor as 100 % foreign investment is not allows yet in telecom sector.
    they have to have indian partner for continuing operations.

    @Prateek, Yes, they can’t hold 100% but they can buy Unitech’s stake (32.75%) and by divesting and floating an IPO in the primary market of the same between 26-49%.

    Vodafone also bought out Essar stake few months back and now planning to come up with IPO in next 12-18 months. Today Piramal Life increased their stake in Vodafone India from 5.5% to 11% and Ajay Piramal said that they will exit the holding after listing of Vodafone India on bourses. Telenor can do the same and current news flow suggests that they are ready to bid in the upcoming auction.

    As far as Videocon is concerned, Venugopal Dhoot has also given some hints that they will take part in auction process and try to get license in 7-11 circles.

    I can’t say anything about Etisalat and Loop is always ready to exit.

  • Abhijith February 6, 2012 2:08 pm

    @asfak
    you can continue your business dont worry of it with in 4month there ill be a solution . . Dont worry brother

  • Dapru R Wangru February 6, 2012 1:50 pm

    No xtra money would be required if we extract all the money from A.Raja and other politicians….from swiss accounts and maldives (new hideout after swiss wikileaks)

  • Abhishek Dutta February 6, 2012 1:26 pm

    I believe,,,,Uninor & MTS will continue their services as it is and it wont affect on Indian telecom industry as they have already paid huge amounts to the Goverment to get the licence. May be they can pay the penalty charges. However, they should take care of their customers and do the fair judgement towards us. Hence, i just look forward that soon other New NTTs(telcos) should come to India and give their services, like- AT&T, Verizon wireless etc.

  • Pratik February 6, 2012 12:49 pm

    Harish :
    Of you look at Vodafone they have recovered their 2g investment long ago then why are they pricing 2g Internet price at par with 3G it is almost 100rs for 1gb in 2g.why don’t they price it rationally?

    this is what will happen if their is no competition of multiple carriers who provide quality service.

  • Pratik February 6, 2012 12:48 pm

    Arjun Chandrashekar :
    @Raghu
    Telenor Will Leave Unitech and Makes It’s Own Network in India. But Surely Videocon, STEL, ETISALAT Will Get Lost From Telecom Industry

    they cant take it as wholly owned subsidiry of telenor as 100 % foreign investment is not allows yet in telecom sector.
    they have to have indian partner for continuing operations.

  • Pratik February 6, 2012 12:45 pm

    I honestly feel,governement screwed up big time with this .

    Their has to be honourable policy for serious players like telenor and sistema.
    those two hold promise in indian market.

    Their should have been provision to regularise their license fee.
    those guys got spectrum at low cost should pay up market cost and regularise their business.

    we did one good step ahead and two steps backward.
    by vodafone income tax case,we set excellent example for foreign investors but with this spectrum screw up , it took two steps backward.

    I hope TRAI gives decent chance to serious players and let others screw up.

    otherwise days of best tariff in world are getting close to over.
    we are moving slowly towards to polarised market where biggies control tariff.

    non serious players like stel,videocon,etisalat must be thrown out.
    videocon did this spectrum purchase just from investement point of view.
    they intended to sell controlling stake to vivendi and all.
    nothing wrong on business front but they failed roll out of services.

  • Raghu February 6, 2012 11:50 am

    @RDB
    yes India is a big market after China. They cannot enter China . They will not get a population like this anywhere in the World. So they will definitely stay on in India.

  • asfak February 6, 2012 11:32 am

    i am distributor of uninor . so jst advice me what i do …i continue as a distributor or not? it’s safe or not?

  • Harish February 6, 2012 11:07 am

    Of you look at Vodafone they have recovered their 2g investment long ago then why are they pricing 2g Internet price at par with 3G it is almost 100rs for 1gb in 2g.why don’t they price it rationally?

  • Arjun Chandrashekar February 6, 2012 11:00 am

    @Raghu
    Telenor Will Leave Unitech and Makes It’s Own Network in India. But Surely Videocon, STEL, ETISALAT Will Get Lost From Telecom Industry

  • RDB February 6, 2012 6:32 am

    Amit.g :

    Uninor has mentioned in their website that Uninor services will continue.

    it is about thousand crore of investment, noone like to leave so easily.

  • Raghu February 6, 2012 1:01 am

    @Amit.g
    yes Uninor services should continue as they are long term player.

  • Amit.g February 5, 2012 10:05 pm

    Uninor has mentioned in their website that Uninor services will continue.

  • Harish February 5, 2012 9:07 pm

    Will the supreme court judgment affect aircel and docomo ?

  • Saurabh February 5, 2012 8:29 pm

    I agree! See what happens to 3G… consumers are not using it, operators took loans and now sucking thumbs and thinking how to recover money!

    Yeah, right…. We have a price conscious market in India and operators have to understand this. Raising prices will result in customer loss. They reduced the data in 2G packs and hike prices in hope of getting customers to 3G but instead people are going for either broadband or EVDO modems as 3G network coverage is still a big issue or those who cannot afford it are moving to those with more usage at less price say Docomo or Reliance GSM. Such tactics will not help them in any way. They just can’t make people pay extra.

    People will use mobiles for calling purpose less as it was before, if they(telcos) keep on rising call charges and many will prefer landline more as for local calls it is still the cheap option like BSNL Re.1/3 mins or so. So, it can benefit BSNL in some ways.

  • Bharath February 5, 2012 8:03 pm

    @RDB
    if Airtel is happy means:) they will come to know when huge customers:) come to them:) they cant maintain:) the heavy rush.. They should have more towers:) selling units etc etc:) by that time only.. It will also fails to operate:) then i wil be the most happiest person:) because they ve looted so much from us.

  • RDB February 5, 2012 5:12 pm

    Saurabh :

    There wasn’t any loot in 2G spectrum case. The then Telecom Minister didn’t committed any crime by giving license and spectrum at throwaway prices to new operators but what we all will see in coming days will be more than a loot. Our country didn’t lost anything but it was a boon for customers who enjoyed calls, internet, sms at such low prices but after license cancellation, old operators will go for a kill and again having a mobile will be a costly matter in the country.

    Airtel is happy with the decision and why wouldn’t they be? Now they can raise tariffs as much as they can.

    Raja said right, “Whatever crime I did was in consumers interest” The ruling of SC may be good for country and Govt. treasury but it came at consumers loss.

    But I have a gut felling that no new operator, which started services will exit so easily and they continue to provide services.

    I agree! See what happens to 3G… consumers are not using it, operators took loans and now sucking thumbs and thinking how to recover money!

  • Saurabh February 5, 2012 4:57 pm

    There wasn’t any loot in 2G spectrum case. The then Telecom Minister didn’t committed any crime by giving license and spectrum at throwaway prices to new operators but what we all will see in coming days will be more than a loot. Our country didn’t lost anything but it was a boon for customers who enjoyed calls, internet, sms at such low prices but after license cancellation, old operators will go for a kill and again having a mobile will be a costly matter in the country.

    Airtel is happy with the decision and why wouldn’t they be? Now they can raise tariffs as much as they can.

    Raja said right, “Whatever crime I did was in consumers interest” The ruling of SC may be good for country and Govt. treasury but it came at consumers loss.

    But I have a gut felling that no new operator, which started services will exit so easily and they continue to provide services.

  • Bharath February 5, 2012 4:32 pm

    @pp
    ya i agree:) but its a new operator in Karnataka just launched 4yrs back:-) i am happy that they ve covered in most of the areas:) i was using spice telecom earlier:) they took more than 2yrs to give coverage in our native sarjapur:) even though it is old one:) but this aircel as soon it was launched:) it covered most of the areas:) in short span of time:)

  • Kaushik Roy February 5, 2012 1:53 pm

    sorry
    176000/122 not 176000/22

  • Kaushik Roy February 5, 2012 1:52 pm

    Telcos have to pay 1442 crore per circle (Average) to get the licence as per new rules [176000/22]
    So except Idea and Tata Docomo others have less chance of repurchasing the licence

  • pp February 5, 2012 1:20 pm

    @Bharath
    if u pay less itz best??? Aircel dnt hav good net work

  • gauRav February 5, 2012 11:11 am

    Quality is important so there should be maximum 8 to 9 operators in one circle and more spectrum should be given to them and trai should fixed call rate base 1p/sec to all service provider if more spectrum given to operator then high speed on internet and good voice clarity wil be there. operators like uninor,MTS, should not exit and videocon, loop etisalat stel should exit from market.

  • Surtej February 5, 2012 10:17 am

    Kanna :
    Airtel Airtel Airtel… worst airtel… It will tell always stories and loot customers with VAS activations and deductions . Worst service.

    correctly said. Airtel are looters.I too fade up due to activation of unwanted & useless VAS and deductions every times repeatedly

  • Bharath February 5, 2012 8:45 am

    @Amit.g
    hey you why your taking:) the prey on aircel:) it is one of the best:) in Karnataka:) the only operator giving 30paisa offnet:) and 10paisa onnet call:) for one year:) as well they are giving daily 100 local or national message:) without any rent:-) also their pocket internet has improved:) a lot:) better than other networks:) i wil be getting about 40kbps speed:-) also good coverage:) in lot more areas:) in little span of time:) for a cellphone user:) what else we need:-) does any one agrees me..

  • Abhijit February 5, 2012 5:12 am

    Kaushik Roy :
    CANCEL ALL LICENCES FOR ALL OPERATORS AND THEN AUCTION AGAIN

    very well said… And now introduce one India one licence policy for all operators so atleast we can roam whole India at home rates … And roaming concept within India should be abolished now…

  • deb February 4, 2012 11:45 pm

    EFFECT OF SC’S ORDER>>

    NO MORE 2P/MIN LOCAL U2U CALLING IN KOLKATA N WEST BENGAL CIRCLES……

    THEY INTRODUCE A NEW STV17, WHICH PROVIDES 10P/MIN U2U LOCAL CALLING FOR 30 DAYS WITH 5RS CORE TT

    ALSO THEY MODIFIED STV33, WHICH NOW PROVIDES U2U 1P/12SECS (5P/MIN) LOCAL CALLING FOR 30 DAYS…

    ** I THINK UNINOR WANTS TO GAIN MORE BY HIKING THE TARIFF TO BUY THE NEW SPECTRUM IN HIGHER RATES…..

  • Kanna February 4, 2012 11:00 pm

    @Amit.g
    Dear Amit.g, please dont mention Aircel licenses.
    Let it be safe atleast . its not fallen in that category.
    Its another operator who offer value for money after Uninor,BSNL,TD and Aircel.

    not an offence.

  • Kanna February 4, 2012 10:49 pm

    @Rajive Borde

    its good only when those mentioned lakhs of crores are used for benefit of india. But it rarely happens like water tanker on roads.What you get home is a bucket.
    I strongly disagree with you.

    If you get really benefited with that collected amounts in a direct or direct way now i say you are really God blessed.

    Suck Supreme court judgement

  • Kanna February 4, 2012 10:49 pm

    @Rajive Borde

    its good only when those mentioned lakhs of crores are used for benefit of india. But it rarely happens like water tanker on roads.What you get home is a bucket.
    I strongly disagree with you.

    If you get really benefited with that collected amounts in a direct or direct way now i say you are really God blessed.

    Suck Supreme court judgement and Suck TRAI !

  • Kanna February 4, 2012 10:41 pm

    Shame on people behind this. This proves the fickle minded fellows behind supreme court.
    They will loot money and give judgements favouring again to themselves.

    This is something like, they don’t serve people and loot from people who are atleast doing something.

    Those who matter what i say, its strictly on behalf of uninor only.
    i <3 it. Its the fastest growing company. They are somehow maintaining with the stiff competition and providing best tariff and now with this loot , what will happen to Tariffs?

    Already Airtel,Vodafone and Idea are looting as much they want.
    But i have not seen any quality or service improvements. Only tariff improvements.

    Shit Supreme court and its Judgement regarding licenses.

  • Kanna February 4, 2012 10:36 pm

    @srinivas

    I strongly agree with you.
    Uninor cheapest tariff as far as i use.

  • Kanna February 4, 2012 10:28 pm

    Airtel Airtel Airtel… worst airtel… It will tell always stories and loot customers with VAS activations and deductions . Worst service.

  • Kanna February 4, 2012 10:24 pm

    This bloody govt, they are not even able to pluck even the hair of Raja (X-Tminister) and now looting Telecom Subscribers indirectly.

    People are bit happy about Uninor lowest Tariff rates and services. With these
    bloody decisions now Hike………….. goes on and who will bear them ? stupidity and stupid govt.

  • Kaushik Roy February 4, 2012 8:21 pm

    CANCEL ALL LICENCES FOR ALL OPERATORS AND THEN AUCTION AGAIN

  • Arjun Chandrashekar February 4, 2012 7:52 pm

    @Amit.g
    Amit, Telenor Will Surely Left Unitech Wireless and Join With Another Company. But AirTel Needs To Get Lost From Telecom Industry Coz Their Network is Than Aircel Nowadays

  • Surtej February 4, 2012 6:43 pm

    @RDB
    Thank you RDB, now I feel relaxed being videocon customer in Punjab

  • Raghu February 4, 2012 6:00 pm

    @Amit.g
    yes they have told today they will not quit India. hope it is true.

  • Raghu February 4, 2012 5:59 pm

    @RDB
    but Airtel and Vodafone will never do that.

  • Tremerin D'souza February 4, 2012 5:34 pm

    @Amit.g
    Telenor has insisted and assured it’s customers that quitting is not an option on their table.

  • Amit.g February 4, 2012 5:17 pm

    How come supreme court didn cancel licences of aircel? Even aircel was awarded licenses in more than 10 circles in 2008. They have canceld idea cellulars licenses whic was awarded in 2008 for 9 circles

  • Amit.g February 4, 2012 5:14 pm

    Telenor should not quit india. Its one of the best operator which offers value for money services.

  • RDB February 4, 2012 4:33 pm

    @Raghu
    in this case if anyone user moves from MTS/uninor to Airtel/Vodafone or watever he should get same benefits for which he chose MTS/Uninor.

    @Raghu
    I think every customer of new players should wait… SC decision goes in the line of anti-corruption but it simply hurts people’s pocket – cutting jobs in telecom, BPO, and related industries and tariff hike.

    Loop is hopeless, it is happy and content with Mumbai.
    Vidoecon may be present in those circles where it has significant user base.

    @Surtej
    Videocon has brand sharing agreement with HFCL/Ping Mobile. So Videocon will continue in Punjab only.

  • Surtej February 4, 2012 2:19 pm

    Videocon operating in Punjab also but in the list of videocon cancellation circles Punjab is not mentioned ? Will it continue ? or otherwise what ?

  • Raghu February 4, 2012 1:24 pm

    @RDB
    what is your opinion should all customers Port out of Uninor or wait.Yes i think they will ink details with Partners to make it cheaper rather than participate. MTS, Uninor have some customer base but Videocon i do not know abt their customer base. Do u think Loop mobile will participate again in 2g spectrum action after giving back the spectrum

  • Raghu February 4, 2012 1:21 pm

    @Anirban Mukherjee
    the customers should not be inconveninced for the mistake not done by Uninor and MTS.

  • Himangshu Raj February 4, 2012 1:11 pm

    In assam all over there is no stel network… please help me port my number
    If any one know how to port my stel number WITHOUT NETWORK than please tell me to my running number 9401768745
    Please help me my friends… please…
    i want to poro out from Stel but there tower signal has been closed from 2nd feb..

  • Saurabh February 4, 2012 9:47 am

    @RDB
    Agree with you. Why would Reliance take part in 2G spectrum auction? As far as Videocon is concerned they will take part and try to get spectrum back legally for few circles, mainly those 6-7 where they are operating well.

  • RDB February 4, 2012 8:30 am

    Updates:

    1. Vodafone telecallers are calling uninor customers to port out.
    2. MTS, Uninor & Videocon says they will stay.
    3. Loop welcomes this verdict as they already said to return spectrum in early 2011.
    4. Some users think that Reliance Industries may take part in 2G spectrum, but frankly they are not evening investing to roll out BTS on 4G, why are they investing for getting 2G spectrum & make the infra? It it cheaper to ink deals partners with 2G services.

  • Anirban Mukherjee February 4, 2012 12:57 am

    @Rajive Borde

    yes 5% of us is getting serviced by new operators and another 75% is just getting low call rate just because of the reflection of it. if there is no new operator who knows the current scenario will not be different? I m glad to know that u r a regular TT reader. and the loss of 1.76 LC is the result of corruption,misuse of power blah blah and the responsibility goes to them who did this offence. certainly not to someone who took a Uninor/MTS etc. connection to call someone without knowing this issue.

  • Nilakshi Singh February 3, 2012 11:12 pm

    A DAY after the Supreme Court’s 2G verdict, foreign telecom giants Telenor of Norway and Sistema of Russia said they would take legal measures. Telenor president and CEO Jon Fredrik Baksaas said quitting India “is an alternative on the table”.
    Telenor and Sistema hold majority stake in Uninor and Sistema-Shyam (whichoffers services under the MTS brand) respectively. Uninor’s 22 and Sistema-Shyam’s 21 licences have been cancelled.
    “Uninor operations are continuing. Our intention is to fight to protect our lawful investments. We are looking to the government to arrive at a fair solution. We expect that the intention remains of bringing new competition,” Telenor Group, which has an exposure of over Rs 14,000 crore in Indian services, said in a statement. Uninor is estimated to have at least 36.3 million subscribers.

  • VANEESH K V February 3, 2012 10:25 pm

    AFTER 4 MONTHS MOBILE CALL RATES INDIA IS

    IDEA
    LOCAL CALLS== 1 RS
    STD == 1.50 RS

    VODAFONE

    LOCAL CALLS== 1.50 RS
    STD == 2.50 RS

    AIRTEL
    LOCAL CALLS ==1.20 RS
    STD == 2 RS

    NO SECOND BILLING
    NO RATE CUTTERS
    NO STVS
    NO SAM OFFERSSSS

  • MEHBOOB February 3, 2012 10:23 pm

    Surtej :
    Can any one Please tell which six circles of Idea and 3 circles of Tata telecom will be effected for this cancellation

    Read all comments page. its already written or search in internet.

  • yasin February 3, 2012 10:07 pm

    yaar what about virgin mobile

  • Hiren Trivedi February 3, 2012 9:33 pm

    @Amit
    n 2000, Tata Cellular was a company providing mobile services in Andhra Pradesh. When Birla-AT&T brought Maharashtra and Gujarat to the table, the merger of these two entities was a reality. Thus Birla-Tata-AT&T, popularly known as Batata, was born and was later branded as !dea.
    Then Idea set sights on RPG’s operations in Madhya Pradesh which was successfully acquired, helping Batata have a million subscribers, and the licence to be the fourth operator in Delhi was clinched.
    In 2004, Idea (the company had by then been rechristened) bought over the Escorts group’s Escotel gaining Haryana, Uttar Pradesh (West) and Kerala — and licences for three more — UP (East), Rajasthan and Himachal Pradesh. By the end of that year, four million Indians were on the company’s network. In 2005, AT&T sold its investment in Idea, and the year after Tatas also bid good bye to pursue an independent telecom business. And Idea was left only with one promoter, the AV Birla group. Rs 2,700 crore adding Punjab and Karnataka circles. Modi’s joint venture partner, Telekom Malaysia, invested Rs 7,000 crore for a 14.99% stake in Idea. Just around then, Idea’s subsidiary, Aditya Birla Telecom sold a 20% stake to US-based Providence Equity Partners for over Rs 2,0000 crore.

  • Surtej February 3, 2012 6:39 pm

    Can any one Please tell which six circles of Idea and 3 circles of Tata telecom will be effected for this cancellation

  • Amit February 3, 2012 2:54 pm

    nihao :

    Amit :I am agerly Waiting for AT&T Mobile operator in India.Hope they will take benifit from the next auction. I would love to see At&T logo on my mobile screen.They have world class technology, better than vodafone, IDEA & Airtel. Need some biggie like AT&T who can break the cartel of this 3 with there world class technology ….

    Be careful what you wish, was just because America has At&T doesn’t mean its best for everyone, At&T plans are ridiculously expensive, they don’t have prepaid plans (pay as you go) amd they don’t have GSm services. ISD calling is also very expensive. I’m fine with domestic ops any day. Also, if you didn’t know AT&T does have a stake in Idea.

    U mean to say that only GSM works in India??
    Wake up Sid… see the world. And regarding tarrif, every one knows that if they want to be in India, they need to provide best affordable tariff in India whether they are AT&T – US, Vodafone-UK, Uninor – Norway, MTS- Russia.
    And of having stake in idea, its a diffrent thing rahther having its own Network.
    And regarding AT&T, Its best in terms of Technology, so it will be best anywhere too..

  • shiv February 3, 2012 2:54 pm

    now we can proudly say india will shine…india will shine…proud to be an indian…great judgement by honarable supreme court…

  • nihao February 3, 2012 2:27 pm

    Amit :
    I am agerly Waiting for AT&T Mobile operator in India.
    Hope they will take benifit from the next auction. I would love to see At&T logo on my mobile screen.They have world class technology, better than vodafone, IDEA & Airtel. Need some biggie like AT&T who can break the cartel of this 3 with there world class technology ….

    Be careful what you wish, was just because America has At&T doesn’t mean its best for everyone, At&T plans are ridiculously expensive, they don’t have prepaid plans (pay as you go) amd they don’t have GSm services. ISD calling is also very expensive. I’m fine with domestic ops any day. Also, if you didn’t know AT&T does have a stake in Idea.

  • Kumar February 3, 2012 1:44 pm

    Dear customer, videocon Telecommunications services are continuing as usual and we are committed to deliver best value to you with world class products and value for money tariffs. We would like to inform you that there is no impact of the Honourable Supreme Court order on our services.

    This is what i have an sms on my videocon number in mumbai.

  • Amit February 3, 2012 1:37 pm

    I am agerly Waiting for AT&T Mobile operator in India.
    Hope they will take benifit from the next auction. I would love to see At&T logo on my mobile screen.They have world class technology, better than vodafone, IDEA & Airtel. Need some biggie like AT&T who can break the cartel of this 3 with there world class technology ….

  • Abhijith February 3, 2012 12:41 pm

    Telenor ill quit from india operations . .

  • Raaj February 3, 2012 11:30 am

    Good or bad,its indeed a decision that can change the telecom sector hugely and shift the balance towards the biggies.But if you give a good thought to the issue,two of the blacklisted operators who are having more customers than others are MTS and everybody’s favourite Uninor.As RDB rightly said,they won’t leave India just like that.They have invested a lot and definitely they would pay the fees to stay….About others like S-Tel and others,it might be the right time to exit

  • Rajive Borde February 3, 2012 11:13 am

    Anirban Mukherjee :
    @Rajive Borde
    It seems you dont follow Telecomtalk regularly. Well thats not a major problem. If you were there to follow TT regularly you could find that we are totally non-partial. Now the decision of Honorable Supreme Court is just indicating a massive price hike in telecom sector in near future which is more than enough to hit our low profile stable voice only market. Generally this low profile tariff is the result of telecom density or 8-10 operators per circle. By conveying our support to stable and cheap telecom market which was generally being practiced by AAM-AADMI, if it seems we are against biggies like Airtel,Vodafone,Idea etc., then we are proud to say yes we are against it. And FORTUNATELY.

    Just 5% not represents India’s all ‘Aaam Addami”, before commenting about me just check all the comments, im regular on TT since last 3 years. Im not crying like all of you reacting as Uninor and MTS users, because with this verdict my country- India can save 1.76 lac’s corers rupees.

    prove their price hike ghost assumed by themselves without any realistic ground.

    This verdict is for India’s benefits and what Honorable Supreme Court indicate read full verdict and all aspects of that in all the leading news papers.

    God-bless you

  • shakeel ahmad February 3, 2012 11:07 am

    it is a historical judgement. court exposed the looting of resouces .current UPA govt fully responsible for this.under a hidden agenda govt is making policy to distroy psu like BSNL .GOVT is making policy to how distroy BSNL and workig as a agent of pvt telecom companies. telecom minister working as a adocate of pvt telecom companies.thanks to SUPREMEME COURT OF INDIA.

  • chickpet February 3, 2012 10:59 am

    The culprits in the whole scam are the media persons, when the corporates sold the spectrum at 5-6 times the charges paid to govt these people were counting the booty. now they are worried about job loss, tariff hike. Barkha dutt was lobbying for A Raja,it is the good old faithless dog,(supposedly watchdog) which is the culprit. when things are getting clearer and most investor friendly, when the rules are being moderated for level playing terms,when every investor can be rest assured that arbitrary decisions cannot be taken, media is crying hue and cry. so who is at loss, anybody can see.

  • Mansoor February 3, 2012 10:24 am

    No Worry. in case uninor is willing to EXIT Reliance Mukesh Ambani is ready to take over the Uninor. The Cartel such as Airtel, Vodafone and Idea will not increase the tariff as they have lot of competition from Tata Docomo, Aircel,Reliance and BSNL for competition.

  • Abhijeet February 3, 2012 10:04 am

    I Hope MTNL Mumbai is Not affected any way, as my family communication System is depended on MTNL Services.

  • Arjun Chandrashekar February 3, 2012 9:51 am

    The News Is Very Bad That Uninor Will Quits It’s Operation in India Very Soon. Supreme Court Cancelled Uninor’s Pan India License and Had Issued A Statement That Unitech Wireless, SWAM Telecom and Tata TELESERVICES To Pay a Hefty Fine Of 5 CRORES

  • Rama February 3, 2012 9:15 am

    According to me the smartest Win the race in the current situation.
    Mumbai is least affected by this verdict. Loop will be BPL again.Idea and tata didnt lose anythng here .So No price rise in Mumbai telecom circle
    Operators in Mumbai
    Vodafone
    Airtel
    Idea
    Reliance
    MTNL
    BPL (Now loop– First operator to get the license)
    Aircel
    Tata Docomo

    And the lost operator is uninor( very bad network– only GF and BF use it to chat :))
    And Video***

    So we have 8 operators which all have genuine license
    So The competition in Mumbai will be neck to neck

    verdict hardly affect Mumbai circle

  • SD February 3, 2012 7:51 am

    Anirban Mukherjee :
    @Rajive Borde
    It seems you dont follow Telecomtalk regularly. Well thats not a major problem. If you were there to follow TT regularly you could find that we are totally non-partial. Now the decision of Honorable Supreme Court is just indicating a massive price hike in telecom sector in near future which is more than enough to hit our low profile stable voice only market. Generally this low profile tariff is the result of telecom density or 8-10 operators per circle. By conveying our support to stable and cheap telecom market which was generally being practiced by AAM-AADMI, if it seems we are against biggies like Airtel,Vodafone,Idea etc., then we are proud to say yes we are against it. And FORTUNATELY.

    “Jaha-pana tussi great ho…
    Tofu kabul karo…” ;)

  • Chinmoy February 3, 2012 12:46 am

    Anirban Mukherjee :@Rajive Borde
    It seems you dont follow Telecomtalk regularly. Well thats not a major problem. If you were there to follow TT regularly you could find that we are totally non-partial. Now the decision of Honorable Supreme Court is just indicating a massive price hike in telecom sector in near future which is more than enough to hit our low profile stable voice only market. Generally this low profile tariff is the result of telecom density or 8-10 operators per circle. By conveying our support to stable and cheap telecom market which was generally being practiced by AAM-AADMI, if it seems we are against biggies like Airtel,Vodafone,Idea etc., then we are proud to say yes we are against it. And FORTUNATELY.

    This is called Sprite reply . now its clear hain and seedhi baat & no bakwas too . Fantastic reply Anirban . Equally RDB’s response were also very logical .

  • Sandeep February 3, 2012 12:00 am

    I remember Raja saying in his last interview to a TV Channel, all he wanted to do was break the Cartel (Airtel – Idea – Vodafone) & bring the tariff down.
    Looks like that was what he actually meant but he got something for himself along with it.

  • krishnendu February 2, 2012 11:27 pm

    AJESH :
    This ruling of SC creats an uncertinity in customers mind.
    If the govt should go for new auction proces,
    definitly they should consider the customers problem.
    I sugest that the govt should fix a maximum call charges.
    I mean the local on net cals @ 1p/2s.
    Local offnet @ 1p/1s
    std on net @ 1p/1s
    std off net @ 2p/1s.
    There should be a maximum limit for cal charges like i mentioned above.
    Wats ur openion frnds.

    yes!may vary circle to circle a little..

  • Joby Xavier February 2, 2012 11:22 pm

    now its time for Airtel & Vodafone as they were waiting for some reasons to raise their hike. Supreme court should have been come up with some other plan other than cancelling the licences.

  • V February 2, 2012 11:19 pm

    State run MTNL, BSNL operators are still in play, So it won’t affect Tariff or the customers

  • V February 2, 2012 11:17 pm

    With state owned i.e. BSNL,MTNL are in play, It won’t affect the customers.

  • V February 2, 2012 11:12 pm

    Dont make it look like it.

    It is a fair decesion.
    It is a very very good decesion by high court.

  • selvam February 2, 2012 11:00 pm

    it is a sunami 2012…let it washout some (few) bad elements from this industry

  • Abhijith February 2, 2012 10:51 pm

    @Pranav
    nice joke . . .

  • Abhijith February 2, 2012 10:48 pm

    @velu Advocate
    ha ha ha exactly correct

  • sachin February 2, 2012 10:41 pm

    you are very correct@saajan

  • velu Advocate February 2, 2012 10:32 pm

    DMK—-daily money for Karunanithi….By CNN-ibn

  • siva February 2, 2012 10:20 pm

    pradeep :
    yaa correct.BSNL is the only Govt ownned company in the world betrayed by the govt itself and its own management.So at leaat the public should encourage BSNL instead of getting cheated by the greedy private companies

    yes u right it, i wish to port in bsnl, it should reduce the booster packs rates.

  • Nageswara Reddy February 2, 2012 10:16 pm

    Thanks to Sri Subrahmanya Swamy for fighting against scam in Telecom Sector. The mobile customers in India should migrate to Govt Telco BSNL if any Telco enhances thier tariff as a result of Hon.Supreme Court’s verdict and should fight with BSNL for any service lapse. BSNL is a Govt. Company being discouraged by Goverment itself. Now the Indian people should realise and encourage BSNL instead of getting cheated by the greedy private operartors as there will not be any hidden charges.

  • deb February 2, 2012 10:11 pm

    Anirban Mukherjee :
    @Rajive Borde
    It seems you dont follow Telecomtalk regularly. Well thats not a major problem. If you were there to follow TT regularly you could find that we are totally non-partial. Now the decision of Honorable Supreme Court is just indicating a massive price hike in telecom sector in near future which is more than enough to hit our low profile stable voice only market. Generally this low profile tariff is the result of telecom density or 8-10 operators per circle. By conveying our support to stable and cheap telecom market which was generally being practiced by AAM-AADMI, if it seems we are against biggies like Airtel,Vodafone,Idea etc., then we are proud to say yes we are against it. And FORTUNATELY.

    100% true……..

  • Arka February 2, 2012 10:08 pm

    It will effect a lot on subscriber.atlast,They have to pay for it all.

  • Nageswara Reddy February 2, 2012 10:05 pm

    Thanks to Sri Subrahmanya Swamy for fighting against scam in Telecom Sector. The mobile customers in India should migrate to Govt Telco BSNL if any Telco enhances thier tariff as a result of Hon.Supreme Court’s verdict and should fight with BSNL for any service lapse

  • pradeep February 2, 2012 9:49 pm

    yaa correct.BSNL is the only Govt ownned company in the world betrayed by the govt itself and its own management.So at leaat the public should encourage BSNL instead of getting cheated by the greedy private companies

  • bindesh February 2, 2012 9:45 pm

    @Mayur
    thanks for ur details……

  • Anirban Mukherjee February 2, 2012 9:43 pm

    @Rajive Borde

    It seems you dont follow Telecomtalk regularly. Well thats not a major problem. If you were there to follow TT regularly you could find that we are totally non-partial. Now the decision of Honorable Supreme Court is just indicating a massive price hike in telecom sector in near future which is more than enough to hit our low profile stable voice only market. Generally this low profile tariff is the result of telecom density or 8-10 operators per circle. By conveying our support to stable and cheap telecom market which was generally being practiced by AAM-AADMI, if it seems we are against biggies like Airtel,Vodafone,Idea etc., then we are proud to say yes we are against it. And FORTUNATELY.

  • JINESH February 2, 2012 9:36 pm

    join BSNL……..

  • deepak February 2, 2012 9:34 pm

    congress ka hath kaha gya

  • Pranav February 2, 2012 9:17 pm

    Politricks of NDA and UPA srewing the life of lakhs of people in these sector.
    Is Supreme Court is not lookig into this????? In my opinion PIL should be filed in all the sectors where Foreign Investment is happening.

    How come CDMA Players where allowed roaming during NDA regime ?????
    How was Airtel and Vodafone give licences during 2001 ???????

  • Raghu February 2, 2012 9:11 pm

    @Firstonnet
    yes i think Uninor and MTS will pay the license fee at market rate as they have developed some customers. Where as Datacom,Etisalat,Videocon they have to leave definitely from Indian market as they have stopped our Scarce Resource Spectrum by not starting services at all. They have started for namesake in some circles

  • Raghu February 2, 2012 9:07 pm

    @Firstonnet
    thank Dr Swamy . This is major step towards stopping Corruption.

  • AzK February 2, 2012 9:03 pm

    hope there is no price hike due to this fracas as the corruption due to government always affects the pocket of common man.

  • Jumbo February 2, 2012 8:39 pm

    i saw Mukesh ambani happy , ofcourse you see the point
    M A saw the point well ahead

    Gateway opened for Mega Ambani
    wats going on mukesh and his gang’s mind , one can imagine

    Coongrats to Dr swamy , A true one man army
    fighting against UPA+US+????………..

  • Firstonnet February 2, 2012 8:38 pm

    Abhijith :Great indian thamasha . . .

    The Great UPA choroka tamasha. Need to arrest all of them who are involved in this case. Hang till death.

  • Firstonnet February 2, 2012 8:37 pm

    Thanks to all of them who filed the case by NGO Centre for Public Interest Litigation (CPIL) and Janata Party chief Subramanian Swamy.

  • Firstonnet February 2, 2012 8:35 pm

    On the judgement delivered by the Supreme Court, Subramanian Swamy said that the affected telcos have the option of paying the licence fee at market rate. “This is a major step forward for us in the war against corruption.” he said.
    Swamy said that the verdict is the collective failure of the government of India. “This is the best judgement possible for the 3 cases. The country can be proud of the Supreme Court,” said Swamy.

  • RDB February 2, 2012 8:35 pm

    @Firstonnet
    Shyam Tele – MTS >>shyani is typo it is shyam
    Volga – Uninor
    SPice – Now grabbed by Idea

    Loop already asked to return their spectrum in early 2011.

  • Abhijith February 2, 2012 8:30 pm

    Great indian thamasha . . .

  • abhijeet February 2, 2012 8:26 pm

    It’s like an exam getting canceled with a paper-leak.
    Too harsh on Telenor, but justifiable for Unitech. Perhaps Telenor could have done more diligence before investing in Unitech.
    Uninor has a substantial subscriber base and they will certainly try to keep the company afloat by paying higher for the same licenses.
    Even for MTS, it is little problematic.

    The rest of the pack viz. Swan (Etisalat), Videocon, Allianz etc haven’t made any impact at all and they will exit the Indian telecom business at the first opportunity.

    Airtel, Vofafone, & Idea the big tree have virtually formed a cartel and they would love to exploit the current market situation by increasing tariffs wherever possible. All of them will probably stop the Rs. 98 gprs packs. 30p/min will be the next casualty for prepaid customers.

    The next 3 viz. Tata Docomo, Aircel, and Reliance will continue the way they are running now. Tata docomo leads the pack between these three. If they hold their tariffs then the big 3 will also have to rethink.

    Overal, little bit disappointing for the consumers, but very good decision for the nation in the long run.

  • Arun February 2, 2012 8:25 pm

    RDB :
    @Rajive Borde
    TT is independent portal, this is editorial and it is my personal opinion.
    I am not telling about gifting, but what I like to tell that the wrongdoers are not these operators but this Govt and TRAI who are behind that give away. So they should be punished, while operators have to pay some fine. Remember that operators are also sharing revenue to Govt.
    Operators took more loans for network expansions and various agreements with vendors etc etc. Even if that previously deposited money moves to the banks, the banks can not able to recover.
    Competition is to be there and there should not be any cartel. Already pvt 3G players are on a cartel – offering national wide connectivity (A-V-I), seamless roaming (TD-Aircel) and same tariffs on data. 3G did not take off, consumers can not be benefited with this 3G policy.

    You are absolutely correct.

  • Firstonnet February 2, 2012 8:25 pm

    Tarun :@Firstonnet porting out is not the major issue its the tariff hike who knows it might take us to era of good old 90?s !

    I dont think so that it will be effect on price hike, Yes but monopoly would be a their if all or almost subscribers of these circles opt to only one operator other than i never seen or heard almost these names in Maharashtra circle till date.
    117. Maharashtra – Shyam Telelink Limited
    103. Mumbai – Shyani Telelink Limited
    91. Maharashtra – Volga Properties Pvt Ltd.
    71. Maharashtra – Loop Telecom Private Ltd.
    16. Maharashtra – Spice Communications Ltd. & many more.

    If these licences are cancelled their may be no negative impact on subscribers but surely create bad impact in our international business (open market policy) image. Before of this news i got information that VF, AT & Idea going to hike 30% call rates for postpaid subscribers & if they implement it from tomorrow then i think their will be no internal connection of this SC decision.

    Private operators are always try to find the reasons/excuses to hike the cost so it’s not new for private operator mobile users. They will cover their losses from fake VAS activation, wrong deduction from Main balance account etc they have lots of ways to earn revenue from us. Above mentioned comments are solely my Personal view. I know everyone knows about the policy of Private operators. In a short messages servcies(sms) language Experts in balance chor.

  • Durga February 2, 2012 8:24 pm

    @Rajive Borde
    in this time most of “aam janta” are used uninor becoz of lowest tarif plan. so today’s sc order is directly hit the aam janta pocket. UPA should leave govt. for respect todays order..

  • srinivas February 2, 2012 8:21 pm

    Rajive Borde :

    RDB :
    @Rajive Borde
    We are not saying that ONLY uninor and mts for aam janta. Basically people are in the middle of shifting to low call rate operators after Airtel and its partners hiked tariff on 2G. Many people are using new operators for cheaper call rates.
    Interestingly Airtel was saying about round 2 of tariff hike, it seems that they know what is coming and now if new operators have to pay for spectrum again (they are paying twice for same thing), they will also call for tariff hike. If not, they will cut down work force. Ultimately it all goes to hit common people.

    See cheers and etsalat network already down since 1 month and mts and uninor both have only 3 to 4% subscriber out of total mobile users in India. There are more than 10 operators in india in each circle so no big impact overall.
    apart from airtel and vodafone many other operators are there, TRAI can regulate the tariff, PSUs are also there so quoting airtel and saying tariff will hikes not realistic thing.
    overall this editorial seems against airtel vodafone and all othr operators and in fever of uninor and mts which has only 3 to 4& of so called aam-janta !

    So wht if MTS and uninor have small subscriber base , both are the fastest growing operators and if they can give affordable calls to subscribers we suppourt them , moreover it is because of them airtel cartel are not increasing the tariffs

  • Firstonnet February 2, 2012 8:10 pm

    @RDB

    @Mayur
    Thanks to both of you for prompt reply Very important & informative for all the telecomtalk readers. Thanks a lot

  • RDB February 2, 2012 8:08 pm

    @Rajive Borde
    TT is independent portal, this is editorial and it is my personal opinion.

    I am not telling about gifting, but what I like to tell that the wrongdoers are not these operators but this Govt and TRAI who are behind that give away. So they should be punished, while operators have to pay some fine. Remember that operators are also sharing revenue to Govt.

    Operators took more loans for network expansions and various agreements with vendors etc etc. Even if that previously deposited money moves to the banks, the banks can not able to recover.

    Competition is to be there and there should not be any cartel. Already pvt 3G players are on a cartel – offering national wide connectivity (A-V-I), seamless roaming (TD-Aircel) and same tariffs on data. 3G did not take off, consumers can not be benefited with this 3G policy.

  • Mayur February 2, 2012 8:00 pm

    LIST OF LICENSE CANCELLED:
    1. Jammu & Kashmir – Tata Teleservices ltd.
    2. Assam – Tata Teleservices Ltd.
    3. North East – Tata Teleservices Ltd.
    4. Assam – Idea Cellular Ltd.
    5. Punjab – Idea Cellular Ltd.
    6. Karnataka – Idea Cellular Ltd.
    7. Jammu & Kashmir – Idea Cellular Ltd.
    8. North East – Idea Cellular Ltd.
    9. Kolkata – Idea Cellular Ltd.
    10. West Bengal – Idea Cellular Ltd.
    11. Orissa – Idea Cellular Ltd.
    12. Tamil Nadu (including Chennai) – Idea Cellular Ltd.
    13. Delhi – Spice Communications Ltd.
    14. Andhra Pradesh – Spice Communications Ltd.
    15. Haryana – Spice Communications Ltd.
    16. Maharashtra – Spice Communications Ltd.
    17. Andhra Pradesh – Swan Telecom Pvt. Ltd.
    18. Gujarat – Swan Telecom Pvt. Ltd.
    19. Haryana – Swan Telecom Nt. Ltd.
    20. Karnataka – Swan Telecom Pvt. Ltd.
    21. Kerala – Swan Telecom Pvt. Ltd.
    22. Maharashtra – Swan Telecom Pvt. Ltd.
    23. Punjab – Swan Telecom Pvt. Ltd.
    24. Rajasthan – Swan Telecom Pvt. Ltd.
    25. Tamil Nadu (including – Chennai) – Swan Telecom Pvt. Ltd.
    26. Uttar Pradesh (East) – Swan Telecom Pvt. Ltd.
    27. Uttar Pradesh (West) – Swan Telecom Pvt. Ltd.
    28. Delhi – Swan Telecom Pvt. Ltd.
    29. Mumbai – Swan Telecom Pvt. Ltd.
    30. Orissa – S Tel Ltd.
    31. Assam – S Tel Ltd.
    32. Jammu & Kashmir – S Tel Ltd.
    33. North East – S Tel Ltd.
    34. Bihar – S Tel Ltd.
    35. Himachal Pradesh – S Tel Ltd.
    36. Andhra Pradesh – Datacom Solutions Pvt, Ltd.
    37. Assam – Datacom Solutions Pvt. Ltd.
    38. Bihar – Datacom Solutions Pvt. Ltd.
    39. Gujarat – Datacom Solutions Pvt. Ltd.
    40. Haryana – Datacom Solutions Pvt. Ltd.
    41. Himachal Pradesh – Datacom Solutions Pvt. Ltd.
    42. Jammu & Kashmir – Datacom Solutions Pvt, Ltd.
    43. Karnataka – Datacom Solutions Pvt, Ltd.
    44. Kerala – Datacom Solutions Pvt. Ltd.
    45. Kolkata – Datacom Solutions Pvt. Ltd.
    46. Madhya Pradesh – Datacom Solutions Pvt. Ltd.
    47. Maharashtra – Datacom Solutions Pvt. Ltd.
    48. North East – Datacom Solutions Pvt. Ltd.
    49. Orissa – Datacom Solutions Pvt. Ltd.
    50. Rajasthan – Datacom Solutions Pvt. Ltd..
    51. Tamilnadu (including Chennai) – Datacom Solutions Pvt. Ltd.
    52. Uttar Pradesh (East) – Datacom Solutions Pvt. Ltd.
    53. Uttar Pradesh (West) – Datacom Solutions Pvt. Ltd.
    54. West Bengal – Datacom Solutions Pvt. Ltd.
    55. Delhi – Datacom Solutions Pvt. Ltd.
    56. Mumba i – Datacom Solutions Pvt. Ltd.
    57. Bihar – Loop Telecom Private Ltd.
    58. Gujarat – Loop Telecom Private Ltd.
    59. Himachal Pradesh – Loop Telecom Private Ltd.
    60. Kerala – Loop Telecom Private Ltd.
    61. Kolkata – Loop Telecom Private Ltd.
    62. Punjab – Loop Telecom Private Ltd.
    63. Rajasthan – Loop Telecom Private Ltd.
    64. Uttar Pradesh (East) – Loop Telecom Private Ltd.
    65. Uttar Pradesh (West) – Loop Telecom Private Ltd.
    66. West Bengal – Loop Telecom Private Ltd.
    67. Andhra Pradesh – Loop Telecom Private Ltd.
    68. Delhi – Loop Telecom Private Ltd.
    69. Haryana – Loop Telecom Private Ltd.
    70. Karnataka – Loop Telecom Private Ltd.
    71. Maharashtra – Loop Telecom Private Ltd.
    72. Orissa – Loop Telecom Private Ltd.
    73. Tamil Nadu (including Chennai) – Loop Telecom Private Ltd.
    74. Assam – Loop Telecom Private Ltd.
    75. Jammu & Kashmir – Loop Telecom Private Ltd.
    76. Madhya Pradesh – Loop Telecom Private Ltd.
    77. North East – Loop Telecom Private Ltd.
    78. Bihar – Allianz Infratech (P) Ltd.
    79. Haryana – Adonis Projects Pvt. Ltd.
    80. Madhya Pradesh – Allianz lnfratech (P) Ltd.
    81. Himachal Pradesh – Adonis Projects Pvt. Ltd.
    82. Punjab – Adonis Projects Pvt. Ltd.
    83. Rajasthan – Adonis Projects Pvt. Ltd.
    84. Uttar Pradesh (West) – Adonis Projects Pvt. Ltd.
    85. Andhra Pradesh – Aska Projects Ltd.
    86. Kerala – Aska Projects Ltd.
    87. Bihar – Nahan Properties Pvt. Ltd.
    88. Uttar Pradesh (East.) – Nahan Properties Pvt. Ltd.
    89. Gujarat – Volga Properties Pvt ltd.
    90. Madhya Pradesh – Volga Properties Pvt Ltd.
    91. Maharashtra – Volga Properties Pvt Ltd.
    92. Jammu & Kashmir – Adonis Projects Pvt. Ltd.
    93. Karnataka – Aska Projects Ltd.
    94. Kolkata – Azure Properties Ltd.
    95. Delhi – Hudson Properties Ltd.
    96. Assam – Nahan Properties Pvt. Ltd.
    97. North East – Nahan Properties Pvt. Ltd.
    98. Orissa – Nahan Properties Pvt. Ltd.
    99. West Bengal – Nahan Properties Pvt. Ltd.
    100. Tamil Nadu (including Chennai) Unitech Builders & Estates Pvt. Ltd..
    101. Mumbai – Unitech Infrastructures Pvt. Ltd.
    102. Madhya Pradesh – Shyam Telelink Limited
    103. Mumbai – Shyani Telelink Limited
    104. Bihar – Shyani Telelink Limited
    105. Gujarat – Shyani Telelink Limited
    106. Himachal Pradesh – Shyani Telelink Limited
    107. Kerala – Shyam Telelink Limited
    108. Kolkata – Shyam Telelink Limited
    109. Punjab – Shyam Telelink Limited
    110. Uttar Pradesh (East) – Shyam Telelink Limited
    111. Uttar Pradesh (West) – Shyam Telelink Limited
    112. West Bengal – Shyam Telelink Limited
    113. Andhra Pradesh – Shyam Telelink Limited
    114. Delhi – Shyam Telelink Limited
    115. Haryana – Shyam Telelink Limited
    116. Karnataka – Shyam Telelink Limited
    117. Maharashtra – Shyam Telelink Limited
    118. Orissa – Shyam Telelink Limited
    119. Tamil Nadu (including Chennai) – Shyam Telelink Limited
    120. Assam – Shyam Telelink Limited.
    121. Jammu & Kashmir – Shyam Telelink limited
    122. North East – Shyam Telelink limited

  • Firstonnet February 2, 2012 7:58 pm

    As far as concern to subscribers they can easily port into other operators services without changing their numbers. I think subscriber will not get anymore impact due to cancellation of licenses.

    • Tarun February 2, 2012 8:12 pm

      @Firstonnet porting out is not the major issue its the tariff hike who knows it might take us to era of good old 90′s !

  • RDB February 2, 2012 7:58 pm

    @Firstonnet
    thehindu.com/multimedia/archive/00911/Supreme_Court_verdi_911309a.pdf

  • Firstonnet February 2, 2012 7:54 pm

    @RDB very nice post with latest updates with mentioning advantages & disadvantages for our country as well as to common man(aam aadmi). Almost operators are taken huge loan from corporate bank & they will suffer badly due to cancellation of 122 Licences by SC.All the bloody politicians are chor, such things are happened only because of them. Shame shame shame….. UPA Govt.
    Can we get circlewise details cancelled by SCI(Supreme Court of India).

  • Rajive Borde February 2, 2012 7:53 pm

    RDB :
    @Rajive Borde
    Yes I am against the cartel in Indian mobile industry. It is an axis of evil.
    Without competition from these new players your call rate from incumbent ones would stick to Rs1.5/min
    If you think clearly, this decision can push a financial meltdown in India, as many banks offered loans to these operators. with the cancellation of 2G license these operators may announce bankruptcy and so the banks. Don’t you think this condition will not hit all of us?

    So in other words u are accepting that telecomtalk is against airtel vodafone etc !
    see this on TOI ‘A Raja ‘virtually gifted away important national asset’, says Supreme Court’
    So you want to gift that spectrum or India’s national asset to uninor and mts ??

    for your info Finance Ministry working on impact of 2G order on banks, if operator fail to pay banks than “spectrum and licence fee deposited with DoT in 2008 for all 122 licence can be used to remembers the banks.

    I agree that competition should or must be there but uninor and mts are not the only market factors to reduce tariff.

  • RDB February 2, 2012 7:47 pm

    Now to all TT readers:

    “This will raise the tariff and how is that a good thing for consumers. The whole objective of a policy cannot be that the industry should make profit while the consumer should be paying higher rates, and that is precisely what is wrong with this particular judgement.” by Shankar Sharma, Joint MD, First Global in interview with Times Now.

  • RDB February 2, 2012 7:40 pm

    @Rajive Borde

    Yes I am against the cartel in Indian mobile industry. It is an axis of evil.
    Without competition from these new players your call rate from incumbent ones would stick to Rs1.5/min

    If you think clearly, this decision can push a financial meltdown in India, as many banks offered loans to these operators. with the cancellation of 2G license these operators may announce bankruptcy and so the banks. Don’t you think this condition will not hit all of us?

  • ashish rana February 2, 2012 7:29 pm

    Definitely Tariffs are going to be increased in upcoming months….. :-(

  • Rajive Borde February 2, 2012 7:29 pm

    RDB :
    @Rajive Borde
    We are not saying that ONLY uninor and mts for aam janta. Basically people are in the middle of shifting to low call rate operators after Airtel and its partners hiked tariff on 2G. Many people are using new operators for cheaper call rates.
    Interestingly Airtel was saying about round 2 of tariff hike, it seems that they know what is coming and now if new operators have to pay for spectrum again (they are paying twice for same thing), they will also call for tariff hike. If not, they will cut down work force. Ultimately it all goes to hit common people.

    See cheers and etsalat network already down since 1 month and mts and uninor both have only 3 to 4% subscriber out of total mobile users in India. There are more than 10 operators in india in each circle so no big impact overall.

    apart from airtel and vodafone many other operators are there, TRAI can regulate the tariff, PSUs are also there so quoting airtel and saying tariff will hikes not realistic thing.

    overall this editorial seems against airtel vodafone and all othr operators and in fever of uninor and mts which has only 3 to 4& of so called aam-janta !

  • karann February 2, 2012 7:15 pm

    airtel reduce per second plan validity to 90 days………

  • MEHBOOB February 2, 2012 7:13 pm

    Which Telecom circles are cancelled?

  • karann February 2, 2012 7:10 pm

    AJESH :
    This ruling of SC creats an uncertinity in customers mind.
    If the govt should go for new auction proces,
    definitly they should consider the customers problem.
    I sugest that the govt should fix a maximum call charges.
    I mean the local on net cals @ 1p/2s.
    Local offnet @ 1p/1s
    std on net @ 1p/1s
    std off net @ 2p/1s.
    There should be a maximum limit for cal charges like i mentioned above.
    Wats ur openion frnds.

    2p/sec std is not affordable, 1p/sec on-net or off-net can be considered maximum:-)

  • saajan February 2, 2012 7:06 pm

    im just fed up with indian govt and the whole country system!!
    in india one tries to look only of himself and is least bothered aboout others.
    shame on indian politicians!!!!
    i dont know why president is power less!!

  • ravin February 2, 2012 7:04 pm

    It is absurd to cancel licences after four years. SC should have imposed more penalty or ordered refund of money illegally acquired through ‘infusion of more equity’ by firms like Unitech.

  • RDB February 2, 2012 6:59 pm

    @Rajive Borde

    We are not saying that ONLY uninor and mts for aam janta. Basically people are in the middle of shifting to low call rate operators after Airtel and its partners hiked tariff on 2G. Many people are using new operators for cheaper call rates.

    Interestingly Airtel was saying about round 2 of tariff hike, it seems that they know what is coming and now if new operators have to pay for spectrum again (they are paying twice for same thing), they will also call for tariff hike. If not, they will cut down work force. Ultimately it all goes to hit common people.

    If you think clearly, this decision can push a financial meltdown in India, as many banks offered loans to these operators. with the cancellation of 2G license these operators may announce bankruptcy and so the banks. Don’t you think this condition will not hit us?

    Raja is more like a scapegoat, decision to sell 2G license on 1st come 1st serve basis was a decision of TRAI to break the cartel of certain telecom players. Raja did the wrong by manipulating some companies to get 2G license by pushing the last date earlier. If any financial loss was then, TRAI and UPA Govt. are the ones who failed to measure current license-spectrum cost.

  • saiesh February 2, 2012 6:50 pm

    Now its time to pay high rates

  • Rajive Borde February 2, 2012 6:50 pm

    So telecomtalk want to say uninor and mts are only for aam janta ?

  • AJESH February 2, 2012 6:23 pm

    This ruling of SC creats an uncertinity in customers mind.
    If the govt should go for new auction proces,
    definitly they should consider the customers problem.
    I sugest that the govt should fix a maximum call charges.
    I mean the local on net cals @ 1p/2s.
    Local offnet @ 1p/1s
    std on net @ 1p/1s
    std off net @ 2p/1s.
    There should be a maximum limit for cal charges like i mentioned above.
    Wats ur openion frnds.

  • dskushwaha February 2, 2012 5:36 pm

    SC also imposed penalty of 5 Cr to Etisalat-DB, Unitech Wireless and Tatas and Rs. 50 lakh to Loop and Shyam-Sistema respectively

    Why only these companies are penalised? Why not A RAZA?

  • Aatif Sumar February 2, 2012 5:20 pm

    This is really sad. One one side, the Govt is going on about how they will get 4G by next year, and on the other hand they are still going on about 2G. Its an embarrassment for the country.

  • Sathish February 2, 2012 5:19 pm

    “Colorfull Bubbles” would start to blasting now…wait and see the more game!