Airtel is Asked to Stop 3G Roaming Services in 7 Circles, DoT Fines Rs 350cr

Airtel to stop 3G roamingGovernment of India has ordered country’s largest cellular player Bharti Airtel to stop providing 3G services in Kolkata, Maharastra, Uttar Pradesh East, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat and Haryana and slapped with Rs 350 crore penalty.

Airtel, Vodafone India and Idea Cellular partnered to form an alliance to offer pan India 3G services, though none of them has pan India 3G spectrum. DoT tried to close this deal by the three telcos, but they didn’t follow the order rather questioned it.

Airtel had to move to Delhi High Court yesterday to get a stay order; the case hearing is on 18th. If Airtel can not get a relief order, it has to shut down 3G services in those 7 circles with immediate effect.

Similar orders are going to be landed on other partners of Airtel i.e. Vodafone India and Idea Cellular.

With the 3G roaming being cancelled, only operators providing high speed internet on pan India basis remain Reliance Communications (over CDMA EvDO) and Reliance Jio Infocomm (yet to launch 4G services).

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April 22, 2013 6:02 pm 6:02 PM

you are right uday, stop all this and return to letter service
to be honest some trai laws or court orders really hurts poor costomers lol

eager to get back my airtel 3g offers……

March 19, 2013 11:04 pm 11:04 PM

stop all networking ( 2G & 3G or…..) service … And go to latter service…..

March 19, 2013 1:56 pm 1:56 PM

High Court temporarily halted on Monday the execution of a government order asking Bharti Airtel to immediately stop 3G mobile services in some zones as it continues to hear the case, two lawyers on the case said, in a reprieve to the country’s top telecommunications carrier.
The Delhi High Court also said Bharti would not immediately need to pay the penalty, according to the lawyers. It will hear the case next on May 8, one of the lawyers said.