Supreme Court has considered the appeal of three of the major Indian telecom service providers Bharti Airtel, Idea Cellular and Vodafone and has ordered the Department of Telecommunication to not to take an action against these companies till April 11 in the 3G roaming pact case.
DoT had on March 15 sent a notice to Bharti Airtel to stop its 3G services from the unlicensed circles, which it did not despite earlier notifications from the government on stopping the network sharing pacts with Idea Cellular and Vodafone. It also slapped a penalty of Rs 350 crores, after which Airtel knocked at the door of the High Court of Delhi. The High Court had first placed the stay order on DoT’s action but later pulled it back and allowed the government to take necessary actions against Airtel.
DoT had also sent notices to Vodafone and Idea Cellular to call off the 3G network sharing pacts using which these were offering 3G services in unlicensed zones. Along with Airtel, the department has also fined these two with heavy penalties for sharing networks. These companies had appealed to the Supreme Court after being sent notices by the government, to which Supreme Court today has given them stay orders till the next hearing for the case scheduled for April 11.