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Govt asks Aircel to port 2G customers if SC orders adverse

Aircel directive applies only for only 2G administered spectrums in about 14 circles.


New Delhi: The government has requested Aircel to aid its 2G mobile customers to port their numbers to other telephonic operators in case the Supreme Court was to give out an adverse order.

The Supreme Court had previously this month specified that it would cancel the company’s spectrum license if administrators from Malaysia’s Maxis Berhad, which preserves 74 percent of Aircel’s equity, do not look in a lower court in the case contrary to previous telecom minister Dayanidhi Maran.

The directive relates only for 2G managed spectrums in 14 circles as 3G and other radio waves that Aircel brought over an auction are not to be crushed.

The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) on 18th January had written to Aircel saying the accessible facility of Mobile Number Portability (MNP) can be exercise by the users temporarily.

“Consequently, Aircel/Dishnet Wireless Ltd is hereby focused on taking essential action well in advance to update all existing subscribers over SMS to avail the Mobile Number Portability capability conditionally for continuity of their mobile service, in case the Hon’ble Supreme Court licenses the proposed order, to avoid any tiresomeness,” it alleged.

DoT said the limitation is for the usage of 2G spectrum initially granted to Aircel Telecommunications in the month of November 2006. The service areas where licenses were approved to Aircel/Sishnet Wireless Ltd in the year 2006 are Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Delhi, Haryana, Kerala, Karnataka, Kolkata, Madhya Pradesh, Mumbai, Maharashtra, Punjab, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh (East) and Uttar Pradesh (West).

The company considers it is not revelry to the proceedings pending formerly the Supreme Court and no claim of wrongdoing has been made contrary to it. It contends that the spectrum fits the company, a distinct entity, and not Maxis.


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