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Govt grants unified licence to Adani Data Network

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Adani Data Network, a subsidiary of the Adani Group, has been granted a unified licence for entry providers by the Department of Telecommunications (DoT), The Indian Express has learnt. The Gautam Adani-led firm had entered the telecom sector after buying airwaves within the latest 5G spectrum public sale.

The firm had acquired 400 MHz of spectrum within the 26 GHz band for a complete of Rs 212 crore. While making use of to take part within the auctions, Adani Data Network had stated it had obtained a letter of intent from DoT for Unified Licence with authorisation for NLD/ILD/ISP-B within the Gujarat circle. These have been completely different from the Unified Licence for Access Services that the corporate has obtained now.

In the spectrum public sale, Reliance Jio had emerged as the highest bidder, spending greater than Rs 88,000 crore to accumulate a complete of 24.7 GHz of spectrum, adopted by Bharti Airtel, which had acquired 19.8 GHz of spectrum. Vodafone Idea had bid for a complete of 6,228 MHz of airwaves.

Even because the licence permits the Adani Group-company to supply full-fledged telecom providers and web services within the nation, the corporate had earlier stated that it was not bidding for spectrum for the buyer house, however to develop its personal non-public community to deploy at its enterprise verticals.

Industry executives conscious of those developments stated that whereas the corporate can theoretically launch industrial providers, virtually, there have been a variety of hurdles the corporate must cross.

“Most corporations with countrywide presence have telecom networks that they use for in-house purposes such as having a dedicated line between their corporate headquarters and factories. Over the last few years, Adani Group’s footprint has spread across the country through its airports, ports, electricity transmission unit, etc and it makes sense that the company would want to get an access service licence that allows it to build a nationwide network on a single licence,” a high govt at a telecom infrastructure agency instructed The Indian Express.

Queries despatched to the Adani Group and DoT remained unanswered till publication.

In the final 4-5 years, Adani Group-owned infrastructure property have mushroomed throughout the nation together with seven airports in Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Jaipur, Lucknow, Guwahati and Thiruvananthapuram; photo voltaic tasks in Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Punjab, Chhattisgarh, Odisha and so on, electrical energy transmission and city-gas distribution tasks in Gujarat, Haryana, and Maharashtra, amongst others.