Supreme Court sets deadline for excess spectrum answer

4 Sep 2013

India’s Supreme Court has given the government two more weeks to respond to allegations that wireless providers had been granted access to additional spectrum without paying any extra fees. The Economic Times writes that CDMA operator lobby group the Association of Unified Telecom Service Providers (AUSPI) has filed a petition to the apex court claiming that GSM providers were allocated frequencies in excess of the contracted 6.2MHz without paying additional charges, leading to a loss of around INR92.55 billion (USD1.36 billion) for state coffers. The government has put off responding to the claims for more than a year, a delay for which the Supreme Court said there was ‘no justification’ given that it is ‘such an important matter’.