Indian Networks Reminded to Stop 3G Roaming Services
Published on: 5th Apr 2013
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By: Ian Mansfield
Three of India's largest mobile networks have again been ordered to stop 3G roaming between their networks where each of them lacks coverage.
Vodafone and Idea Cellular have both been issued with fresh orders to stop the roaming service, while Bharti Airtel is seeking an urgent hearing at the Supreme Court to overturn the ban that was imposed on it.
Bharti Airtel was served an order to stop the 3G services but has carried on regardless pending the Supreme Court hearing. The company is facing fines for breaching the order, but says that the ban would affect around 20 million customers.
The High Court has already upheld the ban imposed by the Department of Telecom, and that order would also apply to Vodafone and Idea Cellular if they appeal.
The networks have been in dispute with the DoT ever since their 3G licenses were awarded and they started roaming services were rival networks had coverage they lacked. The networks claim they were permitted this explicitly in pre-auction talks, but the Department denies this.