The Supreme Court Friday held that telecom companies which were
unsuccessful in availing fresh 2G spectrum and those which did not
participate in the auction process will cease to operate "forthwith".
telecom companies which were successful in the fresh auction held on
November 12 and 14, 2012 will be asked to start their services in the
respective circles immediately, the court ruled.
companies which have been unsuccessful in the bidding and those after
the cancellation of the licences did not participate in the fresh
auction are directed to cease from continuing from operation forthwith
and the successful bidders will immediately start in their respective
circles,"the court said.
A bench comprising justices G S Singhvi
and K S Radhakrishnan directed that those telecom companies which were
allowed to continue operation after scrapping of their licences by
February 2, 2012 judgement will have to pay the reserved price fixed for
the licences in the first round of the auction held in November 2012.
apex court by its interim orders had extended the deadline for them to
continue with the operation. The bench clarified that the apex court's
Feb 2, 2012 judgement will not be applicable on telecom companies
holding the spectrum with 900 MHz band.
"The February 2, 2012
order will have no bearing on litigation relating to 900 MHz band," the
bench said, adding that it (900 MHz band spectrum) was not the subject
matter before it.
The bench also directed to immediately put on fresh auction entire 2G spectrum for the licences cancelled by it.