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Bharti, Tatas to get licence nod this week

New Delhi, Nov. 23 (PTI): The department of telecommunications is likely to issue this week the letters of intent to Bharti and Tatas on their applications for acquiring new circles under the unified access licensing regime.

“The department is processing the applications for new unified access licences submitted by Bharti and Tatas. We expect that the process will be completed and the letters of intent issued sometime this week,” department secretary Vinod Vaish said.

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

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

Bharti has expressed its desire to offer cellular mobile services in the new circles at 900 MHz. It may need to shell out Rs 60 to Rs 100 crore for acquiring all the new circles.

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

Besides these, Tatas also applied for telecom circles of Bihar, Orissa, Himachal Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh (East). Tata Teleservices has acquired the letter of intent for basic licence of four circles of Uttar Pradesh (West), Haryana, Punjab and Kerala.

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