State-owned full service provider Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) has appealed to the government to extend its mobile and spectrum licences for two years, pushing the expiry date to 2022. The operator noted that the permission it was granted in 2000 was only a letter of intent that would later be converted to a full licence, subject to certain other conditions, with the licence upgrade not taking place until March 2003. The Times of India quotes BSNL Chairman Anupam Shrivastava as saying: ‘We were given [the] licence in 2000 subject to finalisation of terms and conditions by licensor on recommendations of the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI), and the first rollout was done in 2002. Therefore, the licence’s effective date should be from 2002 for a period of 20 years.’
As previously reported by TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, BSNL’s sister company Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Limited (MTNL) – which provides services in the Delhi and Mumbai circles – appealed to have its licences extended by two years, from April 2019 to January 2021.