3G: DoT Moves SC Challenging TDSAT’s Order

Published: 10th October 2014 06:14 AM  |   Last Updated: 10th October 2014 06:14 AM   |  A+A-

NEW DELHI: The Department of Telecom on Thursday moved the Supreme Court challenging the Telecom Disputes Settlement and Appellate Tribunal’s (TDSAT) order allowing Airtel, Idea and Vodafone to offer 3G services under a roaming arrangement in areas where not all of them own 3G spectrum.

The TDSAT had set aside the government ban on offering 3G mobile services beyond their licenced zones through roaming pacts, saying that it was in national interest to allow better utilisation of scarce radio frequency.

In its plea, the Centre has submitted that the tribunal has erroneously held that the intra-circle 3G roaming arrangement does not violate any provision of the UAS licence held by the respondents and it is not open to the government to prohibit the respondents from carrying out the services in terms of the agreements. The TDSAT verdict had brought relief to the three operators Airtel, Vodafone and Idea Cellular, who faced a penalty of `1,200 crore for entering into pacts with each other where they did not win the spectrum in 2010 auction. 

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