Happiness came for the telecom companies as the Telecom Disputes Settlement and Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT) in its order allowed roaming pact for 3G services, which will help telecom companies to improve their data revenue.
Operators such as Airtel, which now has 3G services in 13 circles can now offer data services in the other nine circles as well through a roaming deal with players that have spectrum in these circles.
“The judgment of TDSAT on 3G intra-circle roaming pacts is good for the telecom industry. It will allow spectrum sharing and optimal utilisation of precious spectrum. It will help in further proliferation of 3G services across the nation and operators can concentrate on their 3G service rollouts and marketing,” said Hemant Joshi, Partner, Deloitte Haskins & Sells.