DoT to move Supreme Court against 3G intra-circle roaming, will this bring an end to 3G ICRA ?

Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has now decided to move the Supreme Court against 3G intra-circle roaming (ICR) agreement between operators.

DoT had earlier banned 3G intra-circle roaming, saying they enabled the companies to offer 3G services without buying spectrum.

Tribunal Settlement and Appellate Tribunal(TDSAT) however, on April 29 this year overturned the DoT’s ban and had issued orders that permitted telecom operators to offer 3G services even in the circles where they haven’t acquired spectrum. According to tribunal, the DoT prohibition on intra-circle roaming between the operators on 3G network would leave the network unutilized. Intra-circle roaming, it further stated, would result in much fuller and better utilization of 3G spectrum.

COAI chairman and Vodafone India managing director and chief executive had recently termed DoT’s move as unfortunate and said it would lead to more doubts about the fate of the industry (as said to ET).

In 2010 Indian government auctioned spectrum on 2100MHz band for launching GSM-3G services. The auction was too fierce that not a single company could not get pan India 3G coverage. Soon Airtel, Vodafone and Idea entered into an agreement to offer 3G services even in those circles where they don’t have spectrum.

Now if DOT manages to STOP 3G services via ICRA it means big trouble for operators and end users. Who do you think is more responsible for customers’ sufferings due to 3G ICRA Mess?

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August 2, 2014 11:46 pm 11:46 PM

the solution would be all sit together ( DOT,TRAI, telecom operators,govt) and find out ways and means
to solve the problem instead of going to SC as they are loaded with lot of cases

July 30, 2014 1:21 pm 1:21 PM

The (biblical) idiom that suits the idiotic mess accrued in the PSUs/Departments of govt of India is – Left hand doesn’t know what the right hand is doing. I wonder why cant these departments of the govt sit together and or consult. and sort out issues ? SC is already loaded with cases. Want to mess here too ?

July 27, 2014 8:24 am 8:24 AM
I really hope the supreme court over rules tdsat decision supporting icra. When companies bid for the spectrum, they did it for their own utilization, not for sub letting the chunk of spectrum they have. They don’t own the spectrum, they have it on lease. Just like one can’t sub let an apartment he has rented, companies cannot be allowed to have icr agreements; not without the permission of the DoT (landlord). Icra results in a heavy loss to the exchequre besides ensuring a very poor quality of service (QoS) to the users. The only gainers are the operators truly,… Read more »
S Gopal
August 13, 2014 7:28 pm 7:28 PM


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