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Aug 29, 2013, 10.09 PM IST | Source: PTI

Idea may get new licences soon

The DoT may soon issue new telecom licences to Idea Cellular which had earlier refused to accept guidelines related to 3G roaming pacts in the unified license, sources said.

The DoT may soon issue new telecom licences to Idea Cellular which had earlier refused to accept guidelines related to 3G roaming pacts in the unified license, sources said. The new licence agreement between DoT and Idea may also incorporate certain clauses proposed by Idea, they added.

The Department had said that it was illegal for telecom operators to sell 3G services in areas where they do not have spectrum. Telecom companies Airtel , Vodafone and Idea Cellular had contested the DoT's point and the matter is now sub-judice.

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Telecom tribunal TDSAT had given a split verdict on the dispute between DoT and the three operators over 3G intra-circle roaming pacts. The matter is now pending with the Delhi High Court.

Idea had earlier refused to sign new telecom permit (Unified Licence) as it barred operators from entering into 3G intra-circle roaming agreement. The company had said the norms can be implemented only after final judgement of the court.
    
The DoT and Idea Cellular, sources said, have agreed to follow the court order with respect to implementation of norms related to 3G roaming pacts in new licences and the same has been approved by Minister of Communications and IT Kapil Sibal.
    
"The approval of the minister has been obtained to sign the UL with Idea Cellular with addition of the above mentioned condition in the UL (AS) for Assam, West Bengal, North East, Tamil Nadu and Kolkata service area," official sources said.

When contacted Idea Cellular refused to comment on the development. Idea had emerged second biggest winner by getting spectrum in 8 circles which included all the seven circles where its licences were cancelled and an additional win in Bihar where it licences were unaffected by the apex court order that cancelled 122 telecom permits in 2G scam.
    
The seven circles where it had to take Unified Licences to operate include Assam, Jammu and Kashmir, Kolkata, North East, Orissa, Tamil Nadu and West Bengal.

DoT has also suggested signing Unified Licence agreement for Jammu and Kashmir and Orissa service areas where there is no mention of 3G roaming pact norms.

Idea Cellular stock price

On December 19, 2014, Idea Cellular closed at Rs 146.05, up Rs 0.90, or 0.62 percent. The 52-week high of the share was Rs 177.30 and the 52-week low was Rs 125.10.


The company's trailing 12-month (TTM) EPS was at Rs 6.13 per share as per the quarter ended September 2014. The stock's price-to-earnings (P/E) ratio was 23.83. The latest book value of the company is Rs 44.10 per share. At current value, the price-to-book value of the company is 3.31.

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