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The communications and IT ministry is planning to impose a combined fine of Rs 4,770 million on all telecom operators, including the new entrants, for failing to meet their rollout obligations.

February 15, 2009
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The communications and IT ministry is planning to impose a combined fine of Rs 4,770 million on all telecom operators, including the new entrants, for failing to meet their rollout obligations. This follows the telecom minister rejecting DoT's proposal to do away with the rollout criteria for the first year. According to current norms, an operator must ensure that mobile services are available in at least 10 per cent of the districts in its circle within the first year of getting the licence, and in 50 per cent of the circle within three years. All existing operators and new entrants have failed to fulfil this criteria, particularly in the smaller towns where network rollouts have taken place at a slower pace. The government can impose a fine of Rs 500,000 a week for the first 13 weeks and raise it to Rs 1 million for the next 13 weeks.

 
 
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