The Telecom Commission gave an approval to companies having internet service licenses and holding 4G spectrum to offer phone calls services by paying additional fee of `1,658cr each. The Telecom Commission decision, if finally approved by Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal, will allow companies such as Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance Jio Infocomm (RJI), Augere, and Tikona Digital among others to offer mobile phone service using BWA spectrum that they won in 2010 auction.
The framework for new licenses will be ready by end of this financial year. In 2010, six private players - RJI, Bharti Airtel, Aircel, Qualcomm, Tikona Digital and Augere had won BWA spectrum. This decision has a direct bearing on Reliance Industries backed RJI, which had sought the Department of Telecom's permission to offer voice services on top of its broadband spectrum.
We continue to remain Neutral on the telecom sector.