India’s Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has granted approval for the transfer of Tikona Digital Networks’ (TDN’s) 2300MHz spectrum in Rajasthan to Bharti Airtel, following the latter’s acquisition of TDN’s 4G division earlier this year. The Economic Times writes that TDN was issued a fine of INR24 million (USD376,570) by the DoT for failing to meet its rollout requirements in the circle in time: under the terms of its licence TDN was obliged to begin offering services in Rajasthan by November 2015, but missed this target by three months, commercially launching in February 2016. Following the payment of the fine in October this year, the DoT has now given TDN clearance to transfer the frequencies to Airtel. As previously reported by TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, Airtel completed its acquisition of the rest of TDN’s 4G operations in August this year.
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