Delhi High Court issued notice to Department of
Telecommunication ("DoT") on Vodafone's plea for
extension of 2G license.
Vodafone, India's second largest telecom operator, has
approached the Delhi High Court challenging the decision of the DoT
which denied extension of their 2G spectrum licenses in Delhi,
Mumbai and Kolkata circles. The DoT has refused to extend the said
licenses stating that it has been granted only for a period of 20
years and, therefore, on the completion of the said time period the
interested telecom operators will have to participate in the
auction process for issue of fresh licenses. But, Vodafone had
sought an extension of its licenses in aforesaid three circles in
the 900 MHz band in December, 2012, citing clause 4.1 of the
license agreement under which the government can extend the period
of license by 10 years at a time if the request is made by the
operator during the 19th year of the license period. After hearing
Vodafone's plea, Justice Rajiv Shakdhar has posted the matter
for hearing on August 29, 2013 and issued notice to the DoT to file
their response before the aforesaid hearing date.
PSA view - The matter is sub-judice at present
and the court would pass the final verdict after hearing the
contention of interested stakeholders. Vodafone has 24 Mhz of
spectrum in the aforementioned three circles for which the license
period of 20 years expires in November 2014. If the said telecom
operator fails to obtain a favorable order, it will have to
participate in the auction and pay existing market price and gain
SEBI to issue Guidelines on the use of social media by
In 2011, SEBI had warned investors about investing based on SMS
tips and also regarding the employees of the companies using blogs
or messaging services to offer unsolicited tips. In yet another
circular issued on March 23, 2011, SEBI had said that blogs, chat
forums, e-mails and messenger sites were being used by brokers and
other intermediaries to communicate unauthenticated news about
companies and manipulate the markets. Now, with the unprecedented
growth of the social media, it has become necessary to warn the
companies regarding its usage to provide services or information or
tips to its customers. In August 2011, SEBI had sent a request to
the DoT to include the board in the list of law enforcement or
investigating agencies which can seek e-mail and call records from
telecom service providers. In September 2010, Bombay Stock Exchange
had also issued guidelines to enable share market trades through
mobile phones. This was following SEBI's move to allow share
trading via mobile phones in August 2010.
PSA view - This move will ensure that companies
remain ethical while promoting itself in social media. Offering
unsolicited tips to its customers using social media should be
prevented and the proposed guideline would aim at safeguarding the
interest of the investors.
Single Emergency Number for India
TRAI has come out with a consultation paper on Universal Single
Number Based Integrated Emergency Communication and Response System
("IECRS") for the entire country. In order to streamline
the integrated emergency communication and response system on the
lines of the developed nations, TRAI came out with this
consultation paper and has sought public views. At present, number
100 is for police services and number 108 for emergency. A special
number 112 is dedicated for women in emergency situations. Public
has been given the choice to choose from 100 or 108 as the
universal single emergency number.
PSA View - In view of the various shortcomings in
the present system, there is a need to have a single emergency
number. A need is felt for India to come at par with most developed
nations like the US and UK where a single emergency number exit.
For example, US, UK and Australia have 911, 999 and 000
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