The government has asked Aircel to help its 2G mobile customers port their numbers to other telephony operators in case the Supreme Court was to pass an adverse order. The Supreme Court had earlier this month stated that it would cancel the company’s spectrum license if executives from Malaysia’s Maxis Berhad, which owns 74 percent of Aircel’s equity, do not appear in a lower court in the case against former telecom minister Dayanidhi Maran. Also Read - Mobile phone customer base in India reduces by over 58 million in April 2018Also Read - 10 lakh Aircel customers port to Vodafone
The directive applies only for 2G administered spectrums in 14 circles as 3G and other radiowaves that Aircel brought through an auction are not to be impacted. The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) on January 18 wrote to Aircel saying the available facility of Mobile Number Portability (MNP) can be exercise by the subscribers provisionally.
“Accordingly, Aircel/Dishnet Wireless Ltd is hereby directed to take necessary action well in advance to inform all existing subscribers through SMS to avail the Mobile Number Portability facility provisionally for continuity of their mobile service, in case the Hon’ble Supreme Court passes the proposed order, to avoid any inconvenience,” it said. DoT said the restraint is for use of 2G spectrum originally granted to Aircel Telecommunications in November 2006. ALSO READ: Aircel to appeal against SC order that bars it from transferring airwaves ownership
The service areas where licenses were granted to Aircel/Sishnet Wireless Ltd in 2006 are Andhra Pradesh, Delhi, Gujarat, Haryana, Karnataka, Kerala, Kolkata, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Mumbai, Punjab, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh (East) and Uttar Pradesh (West). Aircel believes it is not a party to the proceedings pending before the Supreme Court and no allegation of wrongdoing has been made against it. It contends that the spectrum belongs to the company, a separate entity, and not Maxis. ALSO READ: Supreme Court proposes to cancel Aircel s 2G license
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