The Department of telecommunications (DoT) on Thursday started sending show-cause notices to the telecom service providers indicted by the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) to have suppressed information in order to get licences.
The department is also sending notices to operators that have not met roll out obligations.
“Show-cause notices to some firms have gone today and we expect to complete the process in the next few days,” said
R Chandrasekhar, secretary of the department of telecommunications (DoT).
Notices will be served to about nine firms, consisting of 119 licences, of which 85 are allegedly ineligible to get licences and the remaining for missing roll-out obligations.
Chandrasekhar said the operators would be given 60 days to respond to the notices and each case would be dealt separately.
“After studying their response, a decision will be taken on whether these need to be cancelled or a penalty imposed.”
All licence holders have to cover 10% of the total district headquarters within one year of award of spectrum and 50% within three years. TRAI had recommended cancellation of several licences for not meeting the roll out obligation.