The court order is not likely to have any other major impact on the consumers as most of the companies have already stopped operations in the service areas for which they did not acquire spectrum.
Sistema Shyam Teleservices Ltd (SSTL), a nation-wide CDMA service provider, also said the order was not applicable to it.
A bench of Justice GS Singhvi and Justice KS Radhakrishnan also held that the companies that were successful in the auction should start their services in the respective circles immediately.
The bench clarified that its February 2, 2012 verdict was not applicable on telecom companies holding the spectrum in the 900 MHz band.
The bench also directed the government to immediately put on fresh auction the entire 2G spectrum for the licences cancelled by it. In November 2012, the government had auctioned 471 MHz of spectrum cancelled due to the February 2012 verdict.
However, SC has been extending the deadline for the companies, permitting them to continue despite the cancellation. The order comes in wake of the government moving another application seeking extension of time for the operators.
The court a year ago had cancelled all the licences issued by former communications minister A Raja on first-come-first-served (FCFS) basis.