DoT rejects Tata’s new licence applications....for the time being

13 Nov 2003

The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has said it will not consider Tata Teleservices’ application for eight new basic services licences until official guidelines for the country’s new unified access regime are implemented. Tata currently owns eight licences covering Maharashtra, Mumbai, Tamil Nadu, Chennai, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Delhi and Gujarat. Following the recent decision by the Indian Cabinet to merge cellular and basic telecom licences, the company applied for new concessions to operate in West Bengal, Kolkata, Uttar Pradesh (east), Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Bihar, Orissa and Himachal Pradesh. The DoT said Tata could apply again for the licences once the new guidelines were finalised.