India’s Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has finally issued US-based chipmaker Qualcomm with a long-delayed internet service provider (ISP) licence, after issuing the company with a broadband wireless access (BWA) licence in mid-2010, reports the Business Standard. The DoT had withheld the licence whilst it resolved an issue with Qualcomm’s local partner, Tulip Telecom, over INR4.1 billion (USD79.79 million) in unpaid dues incurred in 2006-2011 owed to the regulator.
In late February 2012, the Telecom Disputes Settlement and Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT) accepted an offer from Qualcomm to pay Tulip’s fees, though Tulip said that it was not party to the decision, and would not accept any liabilities.
In mid-2010, Qualcomm was awarded BWA concessions to offer services in four circles, Delhi, Mumbai, Haryana and Kerala. Following the receipt of its ISP licence, the telco must apply for spectrum allocation before it can launch services.