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Govt collects Rs 300 crore in penalties from new operators
New Delhi, 03
The govt has collected over Rs 300 crore in penalties from new
telecom service providers that failed to roll-out their
networks within the stipulated timeframe after getting
licences and spectrum.
"As of last Friday, we have received Rs 300.04 crore
penalties, as against total claim of Rs 370.55 crore,"
Department of Telecom Secretary R Chandrasekhar said.
The DoT had issued 119 notices to new telecom operators for
missing their network roll-out obligations last month and
imposed hefty penalties on them.
As per the conditions of the licences, the licencees were
required to roll-out their services in 90 percent of service
areas in metros and 10 percent in district headquarters within
12 months (52 weeks) from the date of award of licence.
The operators were supposed to pay the penalty for missing
roll-out obligations within 15 days of the notice, but some of
these companies had moved the Telecom Disputes Settlement and
Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT) over the DoT's move.
TDSAT had subsequently asked Uninor, Aircel subsidiary Dishnet
Wireless and Videocon Telecom to pay a part of the penalty
imposed on them for missing their roll-out obligations.
TDSAT's interim order followed a plea from Videocon
challenging the demand notice issued by the DoT, which sought
liquidated damages (LD) over the telecom firm's failure to
roll out services within the stipulated period of one year
after the grant of licence.
As per the conditions of the Unified Access Service Licence (UASL),
the telcos were required to roll-out their networks within one
year from the date of allocation of spectrum.
In case the new licencees failed to roll-out services within
the stipulated period, the DoT was entitled to impose LD on
the operators, or even cancel their licences, as per the