The Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI), the body charged with representing India’s GSM operators, has taken legal action against the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) for allowing Reliance Communication and other CDMA operators to provide GSM-based cellular services under unified access service (UAS) licences. In its appeal, the COAI said: ‘DoT has acted upon its decision with unseemly haste and has…issued an in-principle approval to some CDMA operators. The unseemly haste on the part of DoT is further evidenced by the fact that the in-principle approval has been issued to the CDMA operators even before the licences were amended in order to make the decision a fait accompli.’
The operators in question include CDMA-technology service suppliers Reliance Communications (RCom), Himachal Futuristic Communication Ltd (HFCL) and Shyam Telelink. Tata Teleservices has also submitted its request for GSM range across the country.