Norwegian minister meets Sibal, discusses Telenor issueFebruary 7th, 2012 - 7:06 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, Feb 7 (IANS) Continuing with the diplomatic drive to secure state-owned Telenor’s $3 billion investment in India, a key Norwegian minister met Communications Minister Kapil Sibal Tuesday and raised her government’s concerns on the issue.
Oslo-based telecom firm Telenor, which operates under the brand name Uninor, stands to lose all its licences following the Supreme Court’s order to the Indian government last week to cancel all 122 licences issued in 2008.
“We had good, fruitful and constructive meeting with telecom minister. We took up Telenor’s case along with other issues,” Rigmor Aasrud, Norway’s minister of government administration, reform and Church affairs, who also oversees telecom portfolio, told reporters after the meeting.
The talks took place even as Uninor Monday said it would consider a review of the Supreme Court order and also bid for the spectrum only if certain conditions were met, including restricting older players from participating in the auction.
Talking to reporters Monday, Aasrud said, “Telenor has not done anything wrong in India. That is, as I understand, that the court has made a decision about how the government handled all the licenses.”
Sigve Brekke, the managing director of Uninor, made it clear that the company, with all the support from the parent company and the government of Norway, intended to fight for its rights.
“If you ask me if I am angry and upset, the answer is yes. I am angry and upset. It’s very clear we are unfairly harmed. We are not to be blamed for something that happened in the past,” Brekke said.
“We are trying to work on all different tools we have. Of course, also working on legal options. It’s possible to sit down and talk and we have started talks with both the government and the regulator,” he added.
Uninor boasts of having 40 million subscribers across the country.
–Indo-Asian News service
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