Despite having its initial application for a concession to provide internet services rejected by India’s Department of Telecommunications (DoT), it is understood that US-based chipmaker Qualcomm will now be given a licence. According to Reuters, the Indian government has contacted Qualcomm to confirm that it will hand it an internet service provider (ISP) concession, a move which is expected to pave the way for the US company to introduce commercial Broadband Wireless Access (BWA) services, after acquiring spectrum in four circles in the state’s auction last year.
As previously reported by CommsUpdate last month, following reports that the award of the concession had been delayed by the DoT, the regulator announced it had rejected Qualcomm’s licence application, claiming that the would-be operator’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. It is understood that the DoT will now issue a single licence covering all four of Qualcomm’s licensed areas.