Video­con Tele­com Asked to Con­tinue Pun­jab Ops

Reg­u­la­tor di­rects co to main­tain ser­vice qual­ity till va­lid­ity of li­cence

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Mum­bai: The Tele­com Reg­u­la­tory Author­ity of In­dia (Trai) has di­rected Video­con Tele­com to con­tinue its mo­bile ser­vices op­er­a­tions in Pun­jab and main­tain qual­ity of ser­vice till the time its li­cence is op­er­a­tional or valid, re­ject­ing the com­pany’s de­ci­sion to shut ser­vices from February 15.

In a no­tice pub­lished on its web­site Tuesday, Trai has also asked Video­con, which runs the Pun­jab ser­vices un­der Quad­rant Televen­tures (QTL), to pro­vide a com­pli­ance re­port by Fri­day. Video­con Tele­com, among In­dia’s small­est op­er­a­tors, had in­formed its three mil- lion sub­scribers in Jan­uary that it will close down its op­er­a­tions from February 15 and had asked them to mi­grate to other net­works. It had said that pre­paid cus­tomers should ex­haust their balance and sub­scribers be­ing billed monthly should clear their dues be­fore mov­ing to other car­ri­ers, the com­pany had then stated in its web­site. The com­pany was asked to sur­ren­der its Uni­fied Ac­cess Ser­vice Li­cence (UASL) in or­der to shut down its ser­vices. But in a let­ter to Trai dated February 8, Video­con Tele­com said it could not sur­ren­der as it was con­tin­u­ing to of­fer wire­line ser­vices un­der its cur­rent per­mit which was valid till Septem­ber 2017, and had in­formed the depart­ment of telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions (DoT) about its in­ten­tions to shut only its mo­bile ser­vices.

It added it also could not give up its spec­trum since its spec­trum us­age right case is be­ing heard be­fore the tele­com ap­pel­late tri­bunal TDSAT.

Trai said that as per rules, an operator can­not stop its ser­vices un­less its li­cence ex­pires or is sus­pended. “Since none of these even­tu­al­i­ties have oc­curred in the in­stant case, the con­di­tions of the UASL do not per­mit QTL to dis­con­tinue its com­mer­cial ser­vices as per the li­cence,” Trai said. ET had re­ported last month that the firm had in­curred losses and was not keen to in­vest fur­ther in the busi­ness be­cause it was not sure whether the va­lid­ity of its spec­trum hold­ings in the cir­cle would be ex­tended till 2027, the peo­ple said.

FILE PHOTO Trans­mit till per­mit lasts

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