The Department of Telecom (DoT) has issued a fine on Tikona Digital of Rs 2.5 Crore for delay in network launch in Rajasthan for wireless broadband service. This delay took place while clearing its spectrum contract with Bharti Airtel, which has acquired the firm. DoT has issued the fine employing its flexible powers according to the rules analogous to 3G networks. Tikona was capable to finish the rollout compulsions with a holdup of almost 3 Months.
According to the rules for Broadband Wireless Auction of 2010, all the victorious bidders are needed to finish the network launch out for BWA facilities within 5 Years of effective date of allocation for spectrum. Failing to do so, the spectrum can be removed by the DoT. “For holdup in roll out compulsion a demand notice was sent to Tikona Digital for obligation of fine of Rs 2.43 Crores which correspondent to 2.5% of the victorious bid price on October 23, 2017, in Rajasthan circle. The firm gave the fine on October 25, 2017. After that, its launch was cleared,” an official source claimed to the media in an interview.
He further claimed, “After this green signal for Tikona, BWA spectrum sale with Airtel was accepted.” He claimed that Tikona had to finish the launch of the BWA spectrum within 5 Years starting from November 19, 2010 but can do so only by February 11, 2016, in Rajasthan. A query conveyed to the DoT on the problem gave out no answer.
A spokesperson however clarified that the department had taken lawful action prior to clearing the rollout of the company. He claimed that DoT applied the highest fine that might be charged according to the rules. When made a contact, a spokesperson of Bharti Airtel claimed that the DoT has correctly refused a malicious movement while giving the permission to Tikona.