Airtel migrates to new licensing regime in 8 telecom circles due to expiring UASL licenses

Airtel bags Unified License – Access Service authorization across 8 telecom circles wherein the company’s UASL licenses are set to expire.

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Telecom giant Bharti Airtel yesterday received authorization from the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) for multiple Access Service licenses under its existing Unified License (UL). The Access Service license has been granted across 8 telecom circles post-Airtel’s request in November 2020 for the renewal of the 8 expiring UASL licenses in 8 telecom circles.

Telecom Service Provider UASL Authorization date UL- Access Service Authorisation Date Telecom Circles
BHARTI AIRTEL LIMITED 28-09-2001 26-08-2021 Gujarat, Haryana, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Mumbai, Tamil Nadu (including Chennai), and Uttar Pradesh (West)

As per DoT’s public disclosure earlier this year, Airtel’s UASL license in Gujarat, Haryana, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Mumbai, Tamil Nadu (including Chennai), and Uttar Pradesh (West) is expiring in September 2021. Airtel submitted applications to DoT in November 2020 vide application ID UL20200397 for the renewal of these licenses.

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As per DoT, Bharti Airtel on 26th August 2021 was formally issued the license authorization whereas the license authorisation was signed by the Telecom Department on 24th August 2021. Airtel has got fresh Unified License – Access Service authorisation in Gujarat, Haryana, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Mumbai, Tamil Nadu (including Chennai), and Uttar Pradesh (West).

Bharti Airtel now has Unified License – Access Service authorization in Andhra Pradesh, Delhi, Himachal Pradesh, Karnataka, Kolkata, Punjab, Gujarat, Haryana, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Mumbai, Tamil Nadu (including Chennai), and Uttar Pradesh (West). Bharti Hexacom has Unified License – Access Service authorization in North East and Rajasthan.

Airtel migrates to new licensing regime in 8 telecom circles due to expiring UASL licenses

Bharti Airtel now only has an erstwhile Unified Access Service License (UASL) in Assam, Bihar, Jammu & Kashmir, Orissa, Uttar Pradesh (East), and West Bengal. These licenses will likely be migrated to the Unified License regime as and when Bharti Airtel requests for the same, potentially closer to the expiry of the respective UASL licenses across the above-mentioned 6 telecom circles.

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