RCom Alleges DoT of Biased Practices For Not Raising Demand from Vodafone India

Reliance Communications has alleged the Department of Telecommunications of unfair and discriminatory practices. The Anil Ambani led telco said that demands for bank guarantees were sought from the telco for the 850Mhz spectrum. However, the same wasn’t done for Vodafone India, another telecom company which is currently under the merger process with Idea Cellular. As per people aware of the matter, the operator has requested the DoT to not resort to such biased practices reports ETTelecom.


It’s noteworthy that the department had sought bank guarantees worth Rs 2,000 crore in 2016 from the Anil Ambani led telco for the One Time Spectrum Charges (OTSC). The case is similar for Vodafone India, where the legal situations are same as RCom’s in 2016. Bank guarantees which the DoT would seek from Vodafone India stand at a whopping Rs 9,000 crore for OTSC charges.

In 2016, Reliance Communications had provided bank guarantees to secure the payment of OTSC. Also, it had moved to court to oppose the demand which was raised by the DoT. As of now, after facing troubled financial situations in the market, the telecom operator has had a bit of relief after the tribunal directed DoT to release bank guarantees. Now, RCom will sell its wireless assets to Reliance Jio and will use the cash flow to pare its pending debt.

In the merger of Vodafone and Idea Cellular, the DoT has passed on a conditional decision saying that the final nod to the merger will be given once the pending debt of Rs 7,200 crores is cleared by both the parties.

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July 13, 2018 3:50 am 3:50 AM

he has scammed many people via their RBTV digital tv scam.
not giving refund to customers

Ratheesh S
July 13, 2018 8:52 am 8:52 AM

Not only RBTV. Even with FWP phones that they released initially. I think it was still under Mukesh Ambani.
Even after returning my FWP equipment, they have not returned 1000 rupees safety deposit till now. It almost 15 years.

Kaushik IMA
July 13, 2018 10:55 am 10:55 AM

Till date, Idea Cellular was the only company that refunded my security deposit and pending dues. I have not had this pleasure from any other telco.

July 13, 2018 8:06 pm 8:06 PM

BSNL refunded my security deposit after complaining to BSNL Odisha GM. Lots of hassle to get the refund cheque.

July 12, 2018 8:32 pm 8:32 PM

Well, that’s just great