Tata Docomo and Aircel Terminate 3G Roaming Deal

Tata DOCOMO, the unified telecom brand of Tata Teleservices and AIRCEL the fifth largest mobile service provider today called off their mutual agreement for Intra circle 3G Roaming services.

According to our sources, both operator ended the deal soon after the Government/Department of Telecom said that such 3G ICRA or arrangements were illegal. 3G Roaming arrangement between Tata Docomo and Aircel was operational since July 19th, 2011 as we reported earlier.

Few days back the Telecom Ministry also said it will soon take action against service providers that have entered into roaming agreements for 3G services, as the pacts violate licence terms and conditions.

Apart from the Tata Docomo and Aircel, leading private telecom operators Bharti Airtel, Vodafone Essar and IDEA Cellular had also entered into ICRA for providing a 3G roaming service on a pan-India basis but have not pulled back the 3G service so far till the time.

The current 3G / UAS /CMTS licence terms and conditions allow operators to go in for Roaming agreements to enable their subscribers to get seamless mobile network coverage as they move from one circle to other circle in India wherein they doesn’t have any network/spectrum or services.

But in 3G services, all private operators are selling their 3G products and new connections even in circles where they do not have 3G spectrum/licence. Operators having 3G spectrum pay higher revenue share in the form of ‘ 3G spectrum usage fee’, and the DoT is concerned about allegations of alleged revenue losses to the exchequer because of these pacts.

Presently on state run telecom operators BSNL and MTNL providing pan India 3G services with all legal terms and conditions of 3G licence.

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Pavan
Pavan
August 24, 2012 9:37 am 9:37 AM

I’m still able to access Aircel 3G network in TATA DOCOMO.

Apna
Apna
December 27, 2011 4:06 am 4:06 AM
Good move sibal. You prove sometimes u can act for public good. But Aircel Tata will now limit giving donations for poll campaign. Without big money for poll campaign from these companies how UPA can come to power next time. May be there is some other policy decision coming from UPA for compensating this loss. People will only vote for those who big money for poll campaign. And for poll campaign any party need big donations from business houses. In turn while in government they will help the companies make much more money they have donated to the party. So… Read more »
Apna
Apna
December 27, 2011 4:04 am 4:04 AM
Good move sibal. You prove sometimes u can act for public good. But Airtel Tata will now limit giving donations for poll campaign. Without big money for poll campaign from these companies how UPA can come to power next time. May be there is some other policy decision coming from UPA for compensating this loss. People will only vote for those who big money for poll campaign. And for poll campaign any party need big donations from business houses. In turn while in government they will help the companies make much more money they have donated to the party. So… Read more »
dskushwaha
dskushwaha
December 23, 2011 5:56 pm 5:56 PM

But Selling 3G services & products in location where the service are registered, are not called roaming. It is illegal. And I support DOT’s move.

Please amend the above para as:
But Selling 3G services & products in location where the service are NOTregistered, are not called roaming. It is illegal. And I support DOT’s move.

dskushwaha
dskushwaha
December 23, 2011 5:51 pm 5:51 PM
suresh : @dskushwaha Dear.. Do u know what is roaming?… If u dont know then first enrich your knowledge then come for discussion… U can not sell SIM card where you dont have the license..but these operator are selling their services…if it is legal than what is the use of buying license by spending huge amounts…. Yes I know what roaming is. Roaming in telecommunications means extension of connectivity service in a location that is different from the home location where the service was registered. Roaming ensures that the wireless device is kept connected to the network, without losing the… Read more »
Saptarshi Roy
Saptarshi Roy
December 17, 2011 11:48 pm 11:48 PM
Please make me understand. How can such an agreement be illegal? On one hand we have MVNO’s like Virgin and T24 and the government has provision for their operation and suddenly if an operator runs 3G services on the same model, it becomes illegal! I don’t see the difference. If you bring in “the cost factor” for purchasing the spectrum, that shouldn’t be a headache for the government because the spectrum was sold and now it is up to the buyer to utilise that spectrum in whichever way they feel is good as a business model within the ambit of… Read more »
kankan
kankan
December 16, 2011 1:26 am 1:26 AM

I realized that where these 3 operators(Airtel, Idea& Vodafone) having actual/legal 3g license(Exp: Vodafone in Kolkata) they are giving very odd or high tariff than the sharing company, it clearly shows somehow these company doing fraud with government norms in terms of revenue (may in the form of tax/license fees/any other way).

For Example: In Kolkata itself vodafone 3g network is available when you recharge with minimum Rs.103 but Idea & Airtel’s subscriber will get 3g network(BOTH COMPANY SHARING VODAFONE’S NETWORK) very easily by sending a simple toll free message without any recharge just not like Vodafone.

“plz think ones” guys……

Sunil
Sunil
December 15, 2011 9:49 pm 9:49 PM
Sanjay Bafna : dskushwaha : Tata Docomo and Aircel Terminate 3G Roaming Deal : Presently on state run telecom operators BSNL and MTNL providing pan India 3G services with all legal terms and conditions of 3G licence If private 3G operators are not allowed roaming using partner network how come BSNL an MTNL (?) Just read the post, BSNL and MTNL not operating their services in same circle or intra circle. So they are not selling any products and 3G services in circles wherein they doesn’t have 3G spectrum and license. While private operators are selling their 3G products and… Read more »
Saurabh
Saurabh
December 15, 2011 8:23 pm 8:23 PM

@kankan
+1.
Allow BSNL to return spectrum and let them get into ICRA with Aircel/Tata or Reliance if this gets legalized.

DB
DB
December 15, 2011 6:05 pm 6:05 PM

@kankan

>> Thats good atleast some etiquette are their in Aircel and Tata Docomo
+1

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