Indian cellcos seek compensation for 'unfair' competition

14 Jul 2005

Three of India’s mobile operators are seeking compensation from the government, after claiming that the country’s unified access regulatory regime has caused an ‘uneven playing field’. BPL Communications, Idea Cellular and Spice Communications have signed a joint representation document handed to the Ministry of Telecommunications. The three complained that they have paid higher licence fees compared to more recently licenced operators, including CDMA-based wireless in the local loop (WiLL) service providers. They have asked for compensation in the form of long-distance telephony licences, awarded for a small token fee; the government is yet to make a ruling on the matter.