TDSAT delays ruling on Qualcomm’s BWA licence duration appeal

22 Aug 2012

India’s Telecom Disputes Settlement and Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT) has reportedly reserved its judgement on an appeal made by US-based Qualcomm related to a reduction in the length of its Broadband Wireless Access (BWA) concession, according to India’s Economic Times, having heard arguments from both the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) and Qualcomm. Qualcomm filed the appeal after the DoT in May 2012 reportedly reduced the validity of its wireless broadband licence from 20 years to 18, with the regulator at that date also trimming the operator’s rollout obligation period from five years to three and half years.

As noted in TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, chipmaker Qualcomm emerged as one of the winning bidders in the June 2010 sale of BWA concessions, paying INR49.13 million (approximately USD1 billion) for licences in the four circles of Delhi, Mumbai, Kerala and Haryana.