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End telecom tussle: Shourie

New Delhi, March 26: Communications minister Arun Shourie today asked private telecom companies to settle their differences amicably to help speed up growth in the sector.

He said the government’s decision to allow the telecom companies to split and sell licences has been taken to spur growth in the telecom industry.

On Tuesday, the Cabinet allowed transfer of licences subsequent to mergers, demergers and acquisitions.

Speaking at a function to celebrate the roll out of 20 million telephone sets by Bharti Teletech, the minister promised to speed up consultations with the Wireless Planning Commission and the defence ministry for allocation of additional spectrum to the operators.

Bharti Teletech, the manufacturing arm of Bharti Enterprises, today announced that the company has shipped out the 20 millionth phone, making it the largest manufacturer of telephone instruments globally outside China.

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