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Government of India today conveyed to the Delhi High Court that the decision on the renewal of licenses of 900MHz band of the spectrum of three mobile service providers will be announced in a period of 2 weeks.
The central government will take a decision based on the license application filed by the telecom operators. This was conveyed by Chandhiok, Additional Solicitor General to a bench headed by Justice Rajiv Shakdher.
Department of Telecommunications had decided to put up the 900MHz band for auction and three leading mobile operators, Bharti Airtel, Vodafone and Loop Telecom have challenged the move of DoT in the Delhi High Court. The telecom firms appealed that it is unfair that DoT has decided to put up the band for auction as they are in possession of the 900 MHz band of spectrum from 1994.
They conveyed that DoT has taken this decision without taking into consideration their application for renewal of licenses. The companies filed a petition in the Delhi High Court after the Supreme Court pronounced a judgment last week, stating that the 900 MHz band auction was not a part of its judgment passed on 2nd February 2012.
The court after hearing Additional Solicitor General's submission said that the petitions of telecom providers will be inclined, and a detailed order will be passed later regarding the issues.
The advocates appearing for the telecom companies called the Government's decision premature, and that they are in a position, to bid for the spectrum which they already possess. The spectrum licenses are due to expire in 2014.