The Department Of Telecom(DOT) Feb 27th issued Unified Access Services Licence (UASL) to three companies – Datacom Solutions, Idea Cellular and Swan Telecom – for telecom services in the country.The licence allows companies to offer mobile, basic, Internet and other telecom services.Datacom has received licence for 19 circles (out of 21),Swan Telecom for Delhi&Mumbai (out of 13) and Idea Cellular for the Punjab circle (out of 9).

DoT has prepared a chart for signing of licence agreements based on the “first come, first served” basis, following when these companies submitted the cash and bank guarantee after receiving the Letter of Intent's.

Eight new operators, including Spice, BPL group, Shyam Telelink, S Tel among others, received the LoIs earlier. The issuing of licence will continue till March 5. On February 28, Idea Cellular got licence for eight circles, Datacom for two and Unitech for 12 circles. on 29th the government issued 22 more telecom licenses to new players for the third straight day on Friday, taking the tally to 66 so far.Unitech has received license for 10 more circles in addition to 12 it got on Feb 28th making them the pan-India telecom player.

Spice Communications has also been given licenses for three circles in Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra and Haryana. Spice would also get license for Delhi on Monday, they said, adding that the government will be issuing 120 new licenses among nine firms who were given Letters of Intent on January 10.