News Roundup: Supreme Court order hit telcos to shut operations from June 2

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The mobile phone companies whose licences were cancelled by the Supreme Court may have to suspend operations from June 2 as the government will not approach the court seeking an extension of the four-month deadline. The apex court in its February 2 order quashed 122 mobile permits allotted in 2008, and had directed the government to issue fresh licences through auctions within four months.[source]

IPL-5 is not grabbing eyeballs

There’s been a 19 per cent drop in TV viewership for IPL 5 games compared to the previous season, according to Tam Media Research data for the first six matches.

Even the cumulative reach of the tournament has dropped by 11 per cent from last year’s 101 million to 90 million viewers this season. IPL began with a bang recording an average television viewership rating (TVR) of 5.59 for the first six matches in its first season (2008). For the first six matches in IPL, 5 the TVR was a mere 3.76. [source]

DoT panel sees merit in merger of BSNL, MTNL

The Department of Telecom has told the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Information Technology that the proposal to merge BSNL and MTNL makes sense.

A team of DoT officials, including the Secretary, Mr R. Chandrashekhar, who appeared before the panel on Wednesday, said the Board for Reconstruction of Public Sector Enterprises’ (BRPSE) recommendation that MTNL could be brought under BSNL was accepted by a committee set up by the DoT.[source]

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