TDSAT directs UoI to maintain status quo on GTPL Hathway’s category B ISP licence

MUMBAI: The Telecom Disputes Settlement and Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT) has directed the union government to maintain status quo on multi system operator (MSO) GTPL Hathway’s category B internet service provider (ISP) licence.

The tribunal permitted GTPL Hathway counsel to challenge recent communication received from the department of telecom (DoT) through an appropriate application.

According to the learned counsel for GTPL Hathway, the MSO wanted and had therefore written letters for the surrender of its ‘A’ category Unified ISP Licence while continuing to operate its category ‘B’ lincence existing from before.

However, the union of India contended that on the grant of ‘A’ category licence, the earlier licence under category ‘B’ stood cancelled.

The MSO apprehends that if surrender of its ‘A’ category licence is accepted formally, it may not be permitted to operate its category ‘B’ licence as well.

Therefore, the MSO wants and prays for an order of status quo with respect to category ‘B’ licence which it claims to be operating.

The counsel for the Union of India submitted that he has received instructions that an order has been passed in this matter on the pending request of the petitioner about a week back.

The tribunal stated that the MSO would be at liberty to direct the government to furnish a copy of the decision to the petitioner at the earliest and the petitioner, if aggrieved, would be at liberty to challenge the same along with the earlier communication.

“Till the next date, let status quo be maintained with respect to the business of the petitioner, pending adjudication as to whether his ‘B’ category licence stood cancelled on issuance of category ‘A’ licence. The needful should be done by the petitioner within in three weeks,” the tribunal said in its order.

The matter has been posted under the same head on 14th January 2019.

GTPL Hathway’s broadband revenue remained flat at Rs 35.8 crore in Q2 FY19 as against Rs 35.9 crore in Q1 FY19. During Q2, the company had added 270,000 Home Pass. Home Pass stood at 1.8 million.

It had added 14,000 broadband subscribers during Q2. Total subscribers were 304,000, of which 30,000 are FTTX subscribers. The Broadband average revenue per user (ARPU) for Q2 FY19 was Rs 450.