Bharti Airtel, Vodafone and Idea Cellular to Continue 3G Roaming via ICRA

India’s leading mobile service providers, Bharti Airtel, Vodafone India and Idea Cellular today jointly said said they will continue to offer 3G mobile and Data services in their non 3G circles on a pan India basis via ICRA.

The statement came from the telcos as the dispute over 3G Roaming pacts (ICRA) heads to the Supreme Court, after a two-member bench of the Telecom Disputes Settlement Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT) delivered a spited verdict on a petition challenging the Government’s order banning such 3G ICRA.

Earlier the two-member bench of the Telecom Disputes Settlement Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT) has given a spited verdict on the legality of telecom operators getting into roaming pacts to offer 3G services in circles where they do not have spectrum.

TDSAT Member P K Rastogi said “the mobile operators like Bharti Airtel, Vodafone India and Idea Cellular) could not provide Intra circle 3G roaming services as they were not allowed to provide 3G services with 2G licences and spectrum.”

However, the Chairman, Justice SB Sinha, ordered the DoT (Department of Telecommunications) to start the procedure afresh, as the department had not followed proper procedure and the operators were not given enough time to present their views, which was violative of natural justice.

The dispute occured as the current 2G 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’.

Rajan Mathews of COAI (Cellular Operators Association of India), the industry body representing GSM operators, said, “Though it is a spilt verdict, we are disappointed. We are looking forward to the final ruling. The DoT now has 90 days to file a rejoinder to the earlier notice. We’ll wait for the 90-day window and then approach the Supreme Court.”

29
Leave a Reply

avatar
Photo and Image Files
 
 
 
29 Comment threads
0 Thread replies
0 Followers
 
Most reacted comment
Hottest comment thread
23 Comment authors
Nitesh GanvirprabakishorRajbharathkumara Recent comment authors
newest oldest most voted
Nitesh Ganvir
Nitesh Ganvir

Now I am in assam.shown idea roaming .i have recharge 1 gb, 3G. but service shown 2g.please help

praba
praba

Airtel Vodafone idea. in 3g icra one can buy the license than other two uses the same spectrum in entire India.. approximately 66% loss for govt and people..

Recent Posts

Airtel TV vs JioTV: Which is the Best Live TV Service App Right Now?

Reliance Jio brought a massive disruption in the telecom industry when it landed on the playing field in 2016. Since...

Xiaomi Mi LED TV 4A Pro 43-inch Review: Android TV, Chromecast and Much More on Budget

Xiaomi’s products have taken the Indian market by storm. When it comes to smartphones, there is no other company which...

Huawei Mate X Foldable Phone to Reach Indian Market by the End of 2019

Premium smartphone maker Huawei on Wednesday said it would launch its foldable 5G smartphone ‘Mate X‘ in India in 2019....