Supreme Court Directs Bharti Airtel to TDSAT on 3G ICR Issue

The Supreme Court has asked Bharti Airtel to approach Telecom Disputes Settlement and Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT) regarding the 3G intra circle roaming agreement issue that began with DoT imposing heavy penalties on telecom majors Vodafone, Idea and Bharti Airtel.

airtel 3G ICRAThe TDSAT has also been asked to decide on the case by this year end and till then, the interim order given by the Apex will continue that restrains Bharti Airtel from adding new 3G subscribers in seven circles where it does not possess 3G licenses. However, the company will be able to continue 3G services to its existing customers in Kolkata, UP East, Haryana, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat and Kerala.

On March 18th this year, DoT slapped a penalty of Rs. 350 crore on Bharti Airtel for violating license conditions and offering 3G services via Intra-Circle roaming pacts which according to DoT is illegal. Later in April, similar penalties were imposed on Vodafone and Idea Cellular wherein the companies were asked to pay Rs. 550 crore and Rs. 300 crore respectively.

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September 25, 2013 7:57 am 7:57 AM

These companies will be allowed to take advantage of ICR till the last moment until this governments’ life ends. All concerned subservient authorities / departments Will” follow this time schedule. no escape .

Amit Deb Biswas
September 24, 2013 6:18 pm 6:18 PM

Airtel launches their “my airtel” app for Windows Phone……

September 24, 2013 4:37 pm 4:37 PM

But i think in different way… I hope TDSET will settle this dispute in next month and allows ICRA. It will help companies to provide 3G services on cheap rates. And it will help customers to grasp economical 3G sevices.

Arjun Aggarwal
September 24, 2013 8:31 pm 8:31 PM

If non-spectrum owning ICRA is legalized by TDSAT, it will set a bad precedent for the industry. Then everybody with a telecom license will start offering cellular services without owning any spectrum.

September 25, 2013 2:51 pm 2:51 PM

@ Arjun Aggarwal I’m agree with you that if TDSAT allows ICRA it will set a bad precedent. But the things the indian govt. is doing are also not legal. Now Telecom minister reduced the spectrum price flat 64 % than the previous spectrum auction. Now the companies have to pay only Rs.46 instead of 100. Then how can the companies that had hold spectrum in Nov. auction compete the companies that will renew their spectrum in upcoming auction.

September 25, 2013 5:22 pm 5:22 PM
@gaurav, The saving of Rs.64 will benefit you as when companies buy spectrum for cheap, they will be able to provide services cheaper. Have you forgotten that when spectrum was sold by A Raja at throwaway prices, tariffs fell to as low as 20p/min. But that was too low and had affected the Govt income. We all know that the money Govt receives from auction goes into corrupt officials pockets who spend it on their luxuries and on their foreign trips. Its better to give relief to operators as the benefit will come to us in the end in one… Read more »
September 25, 2013 11:49 pm 11:49 PM

@saurabh And if i was running a telecom company i must make bid in Nov,2012 auction. Because i were there(in auction) only for business. Sher to shikar hi karta h bhai ghass nhi khata.

September 25, 2013 11:38 pm 11:38 PM
@saurabh who said spectrum prices should be arisen? I just said telecom minister Mr. Sibal has no idea how to do business? I’m not against the low price of spectrum. But if you are a businessman then think how you will compete with your competitor who gets things 56% cheaper then you? How can you sell a thing in Rs.75 that you gets in Rs.100. On the other hand, your competitor can sell the same thing in Rs. 75. He will get benefit of Rs. 29. You will get loss Rs. 25. This will arise monopoly condition in market. If… Read more »
Akhil Mohan
September 25, 2013 9:06 pm 9:06 PM