News Roundup: Indian web censorship court date moved to May

Top executives from all subpoenaed companies (including Google, Facebook) were originally scheduled to make a court appearance yesterday but executives of all companies have been exempted from appearing in person by an earlier higher court order. The controversial Indian legal imbroglio over censorship of web content and involving twenty companies including Google, Facebook and Microsoft has been deferred until May 23. Source

Cellular Operators Association of India moves Supreme Court on dual technology licence

The Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI) sought the Supreme Court’s intervention to declare dual-technology licences granted to the telcos as mala fide, in the light of the court’s own decision to annul 122 mobile permits granted to eight new telecom companies last month. The GSM operators lobby has also sought that GSM airwaves be taken back from the three companies and re-distributed through auction, similar to the apex court’s recent decision.

The lobby group that represents GSM telcos like Airtel and Vodafone has asked the Supreme Court to ‘quash and set aside’ the government’s decision of ‘allotting GSM spectrum to CDMA licencees’. [Source]

Company Law Board asks Unitech to buy out Telenor’s stake or exit JV

The Company Law Board, a quasi-judicial body that rules on corporate matters, on Tuesday directed Unitech Wireless to decide by March 19 if it wants to buy out the 67.25% stake held by Norway’s Telenor, or exit their joint venture. [Source]

Bharti Airtel may kick start 4G services from Kolkata on March 20

Bharti Airtel, India’s largest mobile phone company by revenues and customers may kick start its fourth generation services from Kolkata on March 20, executives familiar with the development told ET.
This would be the second launch of 4G services in India after Augere Wireless, which has been offering high-speed data through dongles (data cards) since last month. [source]