New Delhi: After the cancellation of 122 2G licenses by the Supreme Court on Feb 2 2012, the affected companies have raised their pitch for excluding old telecom players from bidding in the fresh 2G allocations.

Appealing for the exclusion of the old players from bidding, representative of Norway’s Telenor in India and MD of Uninor Sigve Brekke said, “We came to India on the invitation of the government to increase competition in the telecom market. We respect the Supreme Court verdict on re-allocation but this must be ensured that new bidding is competitive and the old players do not get an opportunity to capture the licences.”
Uninor is joint venture of Norway’s Telenor and Indian real estate giant Unitech. Telenor has 67 percent stake in the venture. Uninor has its mobile network presence in 22 circles.

The Norway government has also started to build pressure. On an official tour to India, Norway’s IT Minister Rigmor Aasrud is going to meet Communication Minister Kapil Sibal. Norway’s government has 54 percent stake in Telenor. Uninor customer base in India is close to 4 crore.  Brekke said “We will be participating in auction keeping in view the way it is being organized and also on the basis of the base price decided for the bidding.”

Uninor’s head in India also reminded that their parent companies CEO Jon Fredrik Baksass has already kept open the option to withdraw from India.

On Feb 2, 2012 Supreme Court took the historic decision to cancel all 122 telecom licenses and ordered fresh allotment of the spectrum.   

(JPN/Bureau)