Delhi High Court Dismissed Bharti Airtel’s 3G Intra-Circle Roaming Petition

By September 13th, 2013 AT 3:13 PM

The Delhi High Court today dismissed a petition filed by Bharti Airtel in the 3G intra-circle Roaming (ICR) matter and refuse to grant further dates to Airtel on 3G Roaming. However HC gives granted it liberty to pursue the matter further with the Telecom Disputes Settlement and Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT).

Airtel Moves Delhi High Court Against DoT Notice to Stop 3G Roaming

Earlier Airtel’s petition was premised on the basis that on the date of the filing, TDSAT was not functioning, leaving the company with no “alternative effective remedy.  Now  TDSAT is “admittedly functional” these days so apex court granted it liberty to pursue the matter further with the TDSAT.

On December 23, 2011, the department of telecommunications (DoT) had sent notices to firms, including Airtel, Vodafone and Idea Cellular, asking them to stop their “illegal” 3G roaming pacts with immediate effect.

In August, 2012, The Law Ministry had given its nod to the Department of Telecom (DoT for taking action against telcos that have been offering 3G services in service areas where they were not allotted 3G spectrum via Intra-circle roaming agreements.

In a long-running dispute, the telecom ministry had said such ICR pacts to offer 3G services by Airtel, Vodafone and Idea were illegal and ordered Bharti Airtel to pay a penalty of Rs 350 crore and also asked Airtel to immediately stop 3G services in zones where it does not have its own airwaves and is providing the premium services through pacts with other carriers.

In April ,2013 the Court had passed an order restricting  Bharti Airtel, Vodafone and Idea Cellular  from enrolling any new 3G customers in circles where they did not have the licences to offer 3G services. However, the apex court had allowed the companies to offer 3G services to existing customers through ICR pacts till the final judgment.

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I have a doubt. Airtel and Vodafone don’t have license in Kerala circle. Both of them were using Idea’s network. But after the court order Airtel stopped 3G in Kerala but vodafone is still providing 3G. Why is that?


Bsnl plans are still really competitive i mean upon paying for two years of broadband fees on advance you a third year entirely free of cost and bsnl still provides 1gb broadband plans,does airtel provide any such kind of plans and airtel simply cheats its customers i mean even i had applied for an airtel broadband conncetion and the airtel guy came to my house took a 1000rs and never came back never picked up my calls and never gave me a connection nor refunded my money and this has been the case with several ppl

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