Centre playing with our 2G order: SC

Nov 09 2012, 19:24 IST
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SC took strong exception to govt not putting on auction entire 2G spectrum cancelled by it. (PTI) SC took strong exception to govt not putting on auction entire 2G spectrum cancelled by it. (PTI)
SummarySC took strong exception to govt not putting on auction entire 2G spectrum cancelled by it.

the cancellation of 122 telecom licences by the Feb 2 verdict should be put up for auction.

By "hoarding" scarce natural resources, the government is trying to "jack up" the price of spectrum, the COAI had said in the petition.

COAI has also sought apex court's direction to quash 83 MHz spectrum allotted to the Tata group under the dual-technology licence in 2008 and auction it.

According to COAI, 514 MHz of spectrum should be vacated following the cancellation of 122 licences and de-allocation of 83 MHz spectrum to Tatas.

Five companies ¿- Bharti Airtel, Idea, Vodafone, Videocon and Telenor-promoted Telewings -¿ are likely to participate in the fresh auction for 1800 MHz spectrum

The COAI, which represents GSM operators Bharti Airtel, Idea and Vodafone has sought cancellation of licence and GSM spectrum of Tata group companies, Tata Teleservices Ltd (TTSL) and Tata Teleservices (Maharashtra) Ltd (TTML) for inclusion in the fresh auction.

COAI has sought to include Tata's spectrum of 83.6 MHz allocated in 2008 along with the 122 2G licences in the fresh auction contending that TTSL and TTML received the radiowaves in pursuance of the same press releases through which the other 122 licences were granted.

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