In Navi Mumbai, the state home department ordered the companies to shut down mobile data, SMS and dongle services for 34 hours, starting from 2 am on Thursday to noon Friday.
India’s second largest telco, which together with Idea Cellular, paid government dues worth over Rs7,200 crore earlier this week.
The DoT till now had only given a conditional nod to the merger and rejected appeals from the operators to recalculate their dues.
According to sources, RCOM therefore, only needs to renew the encashed bank guarantees, which will be payable only in 2019.
The money will be used to clear dues to the DoT and pave the way for its merger with Idea Ltd.
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The RCom stock ended 1.6% higher at Rs12.97 on the BSE Friday.
Freebies are precursors to more tie-ups between telecom cos and e-commerce giants to take on Reliance.
Aircel, which declared bankruptcy this year, desperately needs a fund infusion, the last one being Rs 95 crore paid by promoter T Ananda Krishnan. The telco has not paid its 3,000 employees since March.
Officials in the ministry added that DoT intends to go ahead with an appeal in the Supreme Court against a telecom tribunal ruling asking it to release bank guarantees worth Rs 2,000 crore against one-time spectrum charges (OTSC) sought from RCom.
he Anil Ambani-owned telco has alleged that while bank guarantees were sought from it against 850 MHz spectrum, no such demand was made from Vodafone
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