3G roaming pact: DoT cries foul, cites huge revenue loss to the Govt.

By October 10th, 2014 AT 6:23 PM

Telcos might end up in soup once again over the 3G roaming pact inspite of the momentary relief they received when TDSAT ruled in their favour saying they need not pay Rs. 1200 Cr fine. Airtel and Vodafone were continuing with their usual 3G Intra Circle Roaming (ICR) pact wherein they share the 3G spectrum with other operators in areas where they do not have 3G. DoT had slapped a huge fine of Rs1200 Crore saying that it violated the licence agreement.

DoT has still not stopped its fight and has come up with a new petition that claims the ICR pact is causing a huge revenue loss for the DoT.

Telecom Talk Perspective

We feel that for once the government bodies should shift the focus from revenue generation and try to analyse the big picture-taking into consideration the consumer’s point of view. Consumers would be hit badly if the ICR pact is cancelled and the chances are you might be disconnected from Mobile data whilst traveling. Considering the infancy of the mobile data sector in India and the roaring growth both in terms of increased subscribers base and data volume the governing bodies should pave way for increased growth and in later stages can focus on increased monetization.

Mahit Huilgol is a Mechanical Engineering graduate and is a Technology and Automobile aficionado. He ditched the Corporate boardroom wars in the favor for technology battle ground. He is also a foodie by heart and loves both the edible chips and non-edible silicon chips.

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cstmr will never get benefited,,,, provider sud be fined for ICR if its comes as loss to govt … company r lotting cstmr ……..you can see in case of 2G & call charge price increase… & don’t get worry abt roaming because 2G is enough if it not get capped ………..

Esmail Beguwala
Esmail Beguwala

The only solution to spectrum crunch problems in India is that there should be just 4 to 5 pan India telecom operators which should own spectrum and all the other operators should be MVNO’s using the network of these pan India operators to provide service. This will ensure full utilization of the scarce natural resource.


Greetings !! Dr Esmail Sorry iam replying to esmails comments that might not be directly related to esmails comments but for all out here including applelover-The thing is Our machinery is corrupt and now what i can sense is the height of corruption on part of DOT and the other govt telecom machinery(BSNL/MTNL) associated with it because now DOT crying foul on ICR pacts between Idea,Airtel and Vodafone is nothing but grabbing a cake forcefully and eat it too from AVOID group who are providing to the extent quality services to their subscribers which their own (MTNL/BSNL) are unable to… Read more »

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