In a second development that involves Telenor, the Norwegian telco joined forces with a new partner in India to bid for wireless licenses that were revoked earlier this year by India’s Supreme Court in response to improprieties during the original license award process. The court’s decision impacted 122 second-generation wireless licenses that were awarded initially in 2008. A new round of auctions to reallocate the licenses in question is scheduled to begin on November 12. Until this summer, Telenor had been a partner with Unitech, a local real estate developer, in the Uninor joint venture, which was among eight wireless operators to have their licenses revoked as a result of the Supreme Court decision. (Affected carriers have been authorized by the court to continue operations under their canceled licenses until January.) Following a series of legal disputes with Unitech that came to a head when Telenor announced plans in July to bid for the entirety of Uninor’s assets, Telenor and Unitech ended their partnership last month with an undisclosed settlement. Last Friday, Telenor signed an agreement with a new local partner, Lakshdeep Investments & Finance, on the formation of a new joint venture known as Telewings Communications that intends to participate in the upcoming 2G wireless auction. Although financial details were not disclosed, Telenor will hold the maximum 74% stake that is allowed to foreign investors under Indian law. Telewings has applied for “prequalification” to participate in the November 12 auction although a Telenor spokesman stipulated that “a final decision on whether to participate or not will be made before the auction starts.” Vodafone, Bharti Airtel and Idea Cellular—India’s top three wireless operators by revenue—have also said they will take part in the auction process.