Saturday, 6 October 2012

Delhi High Court provides relief to telcos on 3G roaming

A government order barring Bharti Airtel from providing 3G roaming services in those circles where the company doesn’t have the requisite spectrum has been stayed by Delhi High Court.
The court said the Telecom Disputes Settlement and Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT) stay order would stay in force but July’s split verdict on the issue cannot be seen as final judgment.

As a result, department of telecommunications (DoT) will issue fresh notices to the telecom company along with Vodafone and Idea. The companies will be asked to stop 3G roaming services in other circles and they will be given 60 days to respond. Within those 60 days, operators can continue to provide 3G roaming services to their customers. The operators, however, will be able to approach TDSAT again if notices are issued by department of telecommunications (DoT) now.
There have been no reports of Vodafone and Idea receiving any notices so far.


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