Indian Government Still Fighting 3G Roaming Between Networks
Published on: 15th Jun 2014
India's Department of Telecom is maintaining its stance that 3G roaming between mobile networks that lack coverage in some areas is still illegal.
That view is contrary to the declaration by the Telecom Tribunal, and the opinions of the mobile networks.
The mobile networks bid for licenses across India, but agreed to allow roaming where they did not have licenses, as happens with GSM networks, but the government objected and insisted on the facility being withdrawn.
The DoT still maintains though that the intra-circle roaming by the 3G networks is illegal, and is considering appealing the Telecom Tribunal's ruling on the matter. The government is also waiting on a related declaration by the telecoms regulator before making its own decision.
Airtel, Vodafone and Idea Cellular all signed roaming agreements with each other.