Delhi High Court Lifts Earlier Stay Order, Airtel Need to Shutdown 3G Mobile Services via ICRA in 7 Circles

Delhi High Court division bench today vacated stay given to Bharti Airtel on 3G Intra-circle roaming facilities. According to our sources now Airtel  need to shut down 3G ICR service  in 7 circles where it did not have such air waves/3G spectrum in next 3 days.

3G Service Roaming Pacts

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.

After the notice by DoT,  Bharti Airtel approached the Delhi High Court, seeking a stay on a notice from the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) asking the company to stop the 3G mobile and data services in the 7 telecom service areas and imposing a fine of Rs.50 crore per circle.

Now Airtel needs to shut down its 3G mobile services via ICRA in  Haryana, Kolkata, Uttar Pradesh East, Maharashtra and Goa, Gujarat, Kerala and Madhya Pradesh & Chattigarh circles.

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.

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

The current 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, operators like Bharti Airtel, Vodafone India and Idea Cellular are selling their 3G products and new connections even in circles where they do not have 3G spectrum/license. Operators having 3G spectrum pay higher revenue share in the form of 3G spectrum usage fee.

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May 27, 2013 9:56 pm 9:56 PM

Kaash bsnl 3G ke comments pahle dekh liye hote………….to aaj ye din nahi dekhne parte rulaa rulaa ke chalta hai yakeen karo. so friends don’t use bsnl 3g.

S Tiwari
April 5, 2013 11:34 am 11:34 AM

Airtel last chance,it has approached supreme court,hearing is expecteded 8th,April

April 5, 2013 10:29 am 10:29 AM
From: Haryana It’s a good decision taken but in the end it is only the consumer who has to suffer due to this non-sense by companies. Operators just bent the meaning of Intra Circle Roaming for their benefit. It should be allowed only among companies who both have licenses in same circle like Idea and Vodafone have 3G license in Haryana besides BSNL and Tata Docomo and Airtel is using Idea’s network. If Idea and Vodafone share their network i.e Idea customers able to select Vodafone network and vice-versa in areas where one of them is present, it is a… Read more »
April 6, 2013 12:29 pm 12:29 PM
Here’s is a response to what you said:- 1. Idea Cellular:- Not only Haryana it has great 3G coverage in UP East and expanding its coverage rapidly. 3G internet is awesome. Most of the time I use long duration packs but sometimes i use Rs8- 20 mins 3G pack. which provides constant 500-600KB/ps. 2. Vodafone- 2G very good coverage but 3G very bad, no Vodafone 3G till now 🙁 3. Aircel- No 3G (Yes, they have license) and sometimes no 2G also :-p 4. Airtel- No 3G license (ICRA via Idea) 5. BSNL- 3G? ha… ha.. Yes we have 3G… Read more »