Bharti Airtel secures stay order to provide 3G services in unlicensed circles till May 8

Bharti Airtel takes a sigh of relief as the Delhi High Court has issued a stay order to the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) to not ban the operator from providing third-generation networks in seven circles where it is not licensed to offer 3G services till the next court hearing, which happens on May 8, reported NDTV.

Earlier last week, DoT had ordered the telco to shut its 3G services in the seven circles where it had signed 3G roaming pacts with other operators to use their networks for offering 3G services. It had also imposed a fine of Rs 350 crore on Airtel for continuing to use airwaves in circles falling outside of its license eligibility, despite previously been asked to pull back its operations from these zones. To this, Airtel had filed an appeal in the High Court to get a stay on the notice issued by DoT.

Though the court has allowed Airtel to continue with its services till the May 8, it has also asked the operator to keep the fined amount of money in a separate bank account, which will be given to DoT if it loses the case.