TDSAT Quashes All Penalties Imposed by DoT on Bharti Airtel, Idea and Vodafone in 3G Intra-circle Roaming

India’s Telecom Disputes Settlement Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT) today quashes all penalties imposed by Department of Telecommunications (DoT) on Bharti Airtel, Idea Cellular and Vodafone and allows 3G intra-circle roaming facility by saying the pacts (3G ICRA) didn’t violate any license conditions.

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In March 18, 2013, DoT slapped a penalty of the Rs. 350 crore on Bharti Airtel to violating license conditions And a Dedication the 3G services By a Intra-Circle roaming pacts which according the DoT is illegal. Later Into April, analogous penalty Was imposed On the Vodafone, Idea Cellular, Which the Company were asked For pay a Rs. 550 crore and Rs. 300 Crore in Respectively, Bharti Airtel,Idea Cellular, Vodafone India, & had entered The intra-circle roaming pacts (3G ICRA). Which they shared 3G spectrum Into circles in which they did not Personally own If spectrum,

In September 24, 2013, the Supreme Court has asked Bharti Airtel and other private operators to approach telecom tribunal TDSAT with its plea against a DoT order asking it to stop providing intra-circle 3G roaming service outside licensed circles by entering into pacts (3G ICRA) with other service-providers.

After this verdict on 3G ICRA by TDSAT, Rajan Mathews, director general, Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI) said that “TDSAT order now gives telcos a stronger case in terms of penalty and operators can now remove contingency liabilities set aside for 3G pacts. This judgment also benefits customers who will have more choices now besides operators, who can now freely invest in network coverage. We hope DoT does not challenge TDSAT’s order on 3G pacts in Supreme Court.”

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April 30, 2014 9:18 pm 9:18 PM
@Ash you people simply quarral without any reason here. What Saurabh said to you was well under the limit of decency specified here. Regarding some words, they are used against BSNL not for you. He is a polite person. What you guys are going are commenting without any studies or home work which really annoys us a lot. Like for example you say ICRA is illegal. Yes, sure its illegal but legal in license terms and that the avoid group exploits. If i get millions of rupees for doing nothing then i will happily accept it as i am not… Read more »
May 9, 2014 9:22 pm 9:22 PM


sunil kushwaha
May 1, 2014 11:09 am 11:09 AM


April 30, 2014 7:44 pm 7:44 PM
Pls observe the posts of Sourabh throgh out this thread. He is attacking the critics all over…”childish, foolish, enlighten urself” and uses indecent words like “bulsht”… I started this confrontation voluntarily to initiate a change. Now, govt vs AVOID issue….I side with govt and I know each party has its on issue. While stating that only BSNL network is poor, I know that’s a sectorian view. In different circles, only market leaders keep better quality, while the under dogs have poor coverage n QoS. What ant Airtel nw in Kerala n Voda nw in Tamilnadu? The issue of Call Centre… Read more »
April 30, 2014 9:32 pm 9:32 PM

I agree that discussion should be unbiased,
if anyone has problem with Govt. then by writing comments here will not give any results. if someone wants really a change in Govt system then go by proper channel. “Government of India” is for all Indians.

April 30, 2014 6:26 pm 6:26 PM

I agree with Mr. Saurabh completely and he is right dat bsnl is just a piece of crap. If u want to waste ur money choose bsnl.

Ash, calm down

April 30, 2014 5:36 pm 5:36 PM
@ Sourabh You please stop personal attack and learn to accept criticism. Stop acting as the stooge of AVOID CEO. I just oppose the fraudulent way of business done by AVOID group who have no National integrity. Their share holders are mainly foreign nationals. Vodaphone has been booked for sharing confidential Customer data with British spy agencies. I hate these anti nationals. Hope, if Modi comes to power, he will throw them out. BSNL and MTNL, being govt companies, have many legacy issues. But ultimately we , the people of India are the owners of BSNL-MTNL. We should attempt to… Read more »
April 30, 2014 6:37 pm 6:37 PM

Bro he is nt attacking or criticizing u but bsnl and may be he also wants bsnl to grow and highlighting their problems so that they correct it. Critics know better than we normal users do. What kind of criticism u want him to accept? I read ur previos reply to him which semeed to be down market . TT did good by editing it as it was cheap. I request both of u 2 calm down. Be happy n use whatever u want. 🙂

April 30, 2014 12:23 pm 12:23 PM

@esmail, Darshan thk u. how they charged bill god nows. But reidiculas that u charged rs50 extra!! have u filed complaint in pgportal that time? i am using rcom 3g . speed is 200 KB . smetis is it goes to 800 KB . oof topic. – it will win win situation fr Aircel, tata docomo gsm if dot not win in SC.. anyways what is date of NEXT SC ORDER???

April 30, 2014 12:10 pm 12:10 PM

@Sourabh, I was an Idea customer in past, but ported out from those frauds. Your account balance will just keep on disappearing with all these “AVOID” companies (ie ‘avoid them’). And if you call their customer care, they will charge those calls too (Can u imagine such a fraud any where else?) It’s true that BSNL personnel and customer care not as responsive as these private operators, but we can at least rely them.

April 30, 2014 1:04 pm 1:04 PM

I use airtel, never ever faced a problem of balance deduction. I don’t know why people complain on this and for your info- bsnl falsely deducted balance many times for all the stupid stuff like xplore pack, bsnl music station, etc.

April 30, 2014 2:55 pm 2:55 PM
@SS Even I have not faced such problem but in 2010 I was using airtel maharashtra…That number was 3 years old…What happen is it was a prepaid number and one fine day I got a messege that thankyou for converting your number to postpaid and request has been processed…i was shock to see that and I was in 10th that year and I was so much afraid of it…i said my dad about it when he went to airtel care and asked who said them to convert in postlaid and they had no answee for it and rental was 699or… Read more »
July 26, 2014 11:33 pm 11:33 PM

I use BSNL but I have never faced false balance deduction for last 4 years. My parents use airtel and always complain of balance being deducted. I try to contact airtel CC and get entangled in a merry go round press this press that and it takes 4 to 5 attempts to reach CC that takes my 30 minutes. Then whats the difference.

April 30, 2014 12:50 pm 12:50 PM
@Ash, What you think that over 45 crore customers who are having AvoId sims. They use it for quality which people like you avoid and use worst service just to save Rs.20-30. Stop talking with childish mind here and keep the discussion to the matter and not using bad words for employees of telecom operators. I have all the AVoId SIM and in last 6-7 years never faced unnecessary balance deductions with anyone. As far as charging for CC is concerned, I always call 198 and it is toll free. What BSNL is providing by having a toll free CC… Read more »
Tiju Mattam
April 30, 2014 12:00 pm 12:00 PM
Before 2g Auction the number of service provider is limited to 6. Maximum 4 companies can provide GSM services and only 2 companies can provide CDMA services. A. Raja remove these limit by inviting applcation and number of companies moved upto 12 per region. When 2010 3G auction started the number is limited to 4 including Bsnl. So other service providers aggressively bid for 3G spectrum to be in the four. ICRA by AVoId is Fraud. Before 2g Auction the number of service provider is limited to 6. Maximum 4 companies can provide GSM services and only 2 companies can… Read more »
April 30, 2014 10:35 am 10:35 AM
Aam Admi
April 30, 2014 9:32 am 9:32 AM

Allowing these telcos to provide services in an area where they have no license is like driving a car with a stolen/fake number plate.

I can’t believe that TDSAT will take such an irresponsible decision as i could not find any official information regarding this order.
There is only claims.

April 30, 2014 10:24 am 10:24 AM
@Aam Aadmi, TDSAT is not allowing 3G ICRA. Court or any other any other appointed authorities just look at terms and conditions given at time of auction or any other allotment and they can’t bend the rules. They look at legal papers and not make decision on their own and papers by DoT tells whole story. Maybe companies are not holding licenses in some specific areas but they hold UASL for 3G which allows ICRA. In past some people asked me Videocon and Uninor also don’t hold 3G license and if they start providing 3G services with other operators, will… Read more »
April 30, 2014 10:19 am 10:19 AM

There is nothing wrong in this decision. The telcos are allowed IRCA only in the circles where they have spectrum. Spectrum has been liberalized in National Telecom Policy 2013 making operators free to deploy any service (2G/3G/4G) on spectrum bands, so why put conditions on ICRA? This is a win win situation for both telcos and consumers. I get pissed off when i enter Mumbai circle with my Maharashtra idea and have to switch to 2G. Now with ICRA, i can use 3G in Mumbai (and other circles) as well!

Aam Admi
April 30, 2014 11:12 am 11:12 AM

No. AirTel was providing 3G in KL circle, where they have no license to operate 3G service with the help of Vodafone/Idea. I guess that’s illegal.

I think you mentioned about Inter-Circle roaming.


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