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DoT to issue LoIs to Bharti, Tatas for new circles

Govt is likely to issue letters of intent for acquiring new circles under unified licensing this week.

business Updated: Nov 23, 2003 13:56 IST

Department of Telecom (DoT) is likely to issue this week the letters of intent (LoI) to Bharti and Tatas on their application for acquiring new circles under unified access licensing regime.

"DoT is processing the applications for new unified access licences submitted by Bharti and Tatas. We expect that the process will be completed and the LoIs issued sometime this week," DoT secretary Vinod Vaish said on Sunday.

Sunil Mittal-promoted Bharti group recently applied for six new licences, under the unified access regime, for Jammu and Kashmir, Uttar Pradesh (East), Rajasthan, West Bengal, Bihar and Orissa.

The company has said it would offer GSM based cellular mobile services in all these circles.

Bharti has expressed its desire to offer cellular mobile services in the new circles at 900 MHz; where it is not available it would offer services at 1800 MHz. It may need to shell out Rs 60-100 crore for acquiring all the new circles.

Tatas have applied for acquiring new licences in seven circles including West Bengal, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh under the new regime.

First Published: Nov 23, 2003 13:56 IST