Idea Cellular Bags Unified Telecom Licence for 7 Circles from DoT

DoT has approved Idea Cellular's request to acquire unified telecom license for seven different circles in India.
This festive session brought a huge smile to the Idea Cellular, as they managed to bag unified telecom licence for as much as 7 different circles from the Department of Telecom (DoT). Some insiders revealed this great news on Sunday, and various leading press journals of India already published this story at their websites.

Those seven circles, in which Idea has been awarded unified licences, are West Bengal, Kolkata, Odisha, Tamil Nadu, Jammu and Kashmir, Assam and North East. Indian telecom industry has seen many ups and downs in last few years, and many large telecom operators have faced the consequences of that. Some even had to quit all of their operations in India such as UniNor.

However, the Idea Cellular remains one of such telecom companies who were mostly unaffected during these trouble times. It has successfully earned the trust of their subscribers by offering to them the best services in most affordable rates.

On this Sunday, an official source said, "Idea Cellular has been awarded unified licence for seven circles."

It is worth to be added here that Idea had requested the DoT for unified telecom licence in seven circles in the last quarter of 2012, when it grabbed the coveted title of the 2nd biggest winner in the spectrum auction of November 2012.

The main highlighting factor of this news is that the company bagged the much-needed spectrum for all the seven different circles where its licences were terminated. However, its telecom licence for Bihar circle was fully unaffected by the order of honorable Supreme Court of India of cancelling as much as 122 telecom permits as the after effect of 2G scam.

Few months back Idea strongly refused to sign the agreement of unified licence. The main reason for that was the agreement itself which barred all the telecom players from entering into the pact of 3G intra-circle roaming. But the DoT had cleared their stand by openly informing that it was completely unethical and illegal for the operators to sell 3G service packs to the customers in areas where they do not own a legal spectrum.

All the leading telecom service providers in India such as Airtel, Vodafone and Idea had differed with the DoT’s point of view, and presently this matter is under judiciary action. However, in the later period Idea Cellular and DoT shook hands and mutually agreed to continue as per the court order in order to implement the norms related to 3G services (roaming) pacts in the newly owned circles.

An insider at Idea Cellular confirmed that the process is now under development. He added that the company was now waiting for the outcome of the ultimate court order, and only after that it would reveal their further proceedings about the highly anticipated 3G (roaming) pact norms in unified licence in these circles.

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