Telenor's joint venture in India is also under scrutiny. Heads of key telecom service providers have also been questioned by the CBI, including Anil Ambani of Reliance Communications, the country's second largest operator.
The JPC may be asked to investigate irregularities in allocation of licenses from 2001, as the ruling coalition, United Progressive Alliance, holds that it followed policies in spectrum allocation similar to those of the opposition National Democratic Alliance which was in power until 2004. The Supreme Court has already instructed the CBI to investigate the allocation of licenses from 2001.
The government adopted the auction route last year for the auction of 3G licenses and spectrum.
The investigation has not affected users of mobile services in India, because the government has as yet to decide on terminating the mobile licenses of any of the operators under scrutiny. Recommendations by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) to charge higher prices for extra spectrum allocated to some operators may however push their costs up in the long term. TRAI's recommendation has not yet been accepted by the government.
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