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Vodafone Puts Temporary Block on Calls from Loop Mobile Customers

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A dispute between two Indian mobile networks that saw Vodafone blocking incoming calls from Loop Mobile customers has been resolved.

Vodafone India had temporarily stopped accepting calls made to its network from Loop Mobile numbers, saying that the Mumbai based network had delayed payment of interconnect fees.

"Incoming calls from Loop mobile are temporarily restricted, due to nonpayment of interconnect dues by Loop Mobile," Vodafone India said in an initial statement.

The following day, both sides appeared to have settled the dispute as calls were restored, and Vodafone said in another statement that the matter had been resolved.

Loop has over 3 million users in Mumbai, but was recently bought by Bharti Airtel. Due to the way that deal is being structured, as a sale by Loop Mobile of its assets to Bharti Airtel, a number of companies have raced to secure outstanding payments before Loop Mobile is left as an empty shell company with no assets.

China's ZTE recently sued Loop Mobile seeking to block the asset sale until it has recovered an alleged USD25 million in unpaid bills.

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