Telcos are unsure about meeting UIDAI directive; say can’t comply without any instruction from telecom dept.
Swedish co moves SC after rejecting RCom’s request for 60-day extension to deadline.
Telecom operators, meanwhile, said they would send their concerns to the government in three weeks and seek directions on what they should do after SC barred private companies from using Aadhaar to validate identity.
The court also said that authentication records obtained via Aadhaar that are already with telcos should not be stored beyond six months.
Now, with verification going back to old ways, the telcos will have to send agents to every household, possibly making multiple trips, and this would cost Rs 250-300 per new subscriber.
“There are two strategic buyers and we are in the process of discussions but timelines have not been finalised yet. It will be a controlling stake sake which could go up to 100%,” said Bill Barney, CEO, RCom.
Legal sources familiar with developments said RCom tried to come to a settlement with Paytm's parent firm but the talks fell through.
Are telcos playing games? DoT suspects so, and is bringing back the feared special audits after 3 years.
DoT filed two separate but identical petitions on September 13, claiming that fresh bank guarantees for Rs 28.70 crore and Rs 32,655.58 crore are needed from the operators.
Vodafone Idea wants the telecom department to recalculate the Rs 3,926.3 crore it had paid as spectrum price to get the government’s approval for the merger that created the company.
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