18th December, 2012, New Delhi and Kolkata: On Monday, mobile telecom service provide Uninor stated that they would stop operating in West Bengal and Kolkata circles as it is unlikely that they would get a spectrum there.
Norwegian telecom carrier Telenor has majority stake in Uninor and they are among those telecom carriers whose licenses were invalidated by the apex court earlier in February. Uninor’s licenses are valid till 18th January, 2013.
In a statement, the company told that they would issue a public notice to all the users in West Bengal and Kolkata circle asking them to exhaust their balance by 18th January, 2013; and use MNP facility to reach to any other service operator. Uninor has around 5.6 million subscribers in these two circles. The company has already stopped supply new SIM cards as well as recharge coupons with immediate effect.
After 18th January, the company’s assets and business will be transferred to a band new entity called ‘Telewings Communications’ and the Norwegian company Telenor will have seventy four percent stake in that. Recently, Telenor took part in spectrum auction via Telewings and they have got spectrum for 6 circles – Maharashtra, Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh West and Uttar Pradesh East for around Rs. 4018 crore.