India’s Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has reportedly rejected US-based chipmaker Qualcomm’s application for a concession to provide internet services, Reuters reports. The development comes hot on the heels of reports earlier this month that the regulator had delayed issuing the company’s Broadband Wireless Access (BWA) licence amid bid concerns; as reported by CommsUpdate, the DoT was understood to have claimed that Qualcomm’s subsidiary companies which applied for concessions were not introduced within the 90-day period after the auction, as stipulated by the licence terms. Further, the DoT had also reportedly taken the view that it could not issue four different licences to Qualcomm for each of the circles in which it won spectrum; the US company won BWA frequencies in Mumbai, Delhi, Kerala and Haryana, and then floated four separate companies before approaching the regulator for different concessions in each circle.
In the latest development, Qualcomm has revealed that its application was rejected on grounds that it found to be ‘baseless’, but Reuters notes that the company gave no additional details and a Qualcomm spokesperson declined to comment further on the matter. In a statement Qualcomm did however claim that it had fully complied with the application process and said it would work with the Indian authorities to resolve the issue.