We had recently reported about the Department of Telecommunication ordering Bharti Airtel to withdraw its 3G services from 7 circles and also slapped the network carrier with a fine of Rs 350 crore. According to a report on TheHindu, DoT has now turned its attention towards Idea Cellular and Vodafone India who have both been sent notices for allegedly providing 3G services in unlicensed circles. Also Read - Jio maintains lead in 4G download speed, Vi in upload in May: TRAI
Like in the case of Bharti Airtel, Idea and Vodafone too have both been slapped with penalties of Rs 300 crore and Rs 550 crore respectively and asked to stop their 3G services in circles they don’t hold a 3G license.
Furthermore, the three operators have also been asked to cancel their intra-circle roaming agreement, which allowed them to use each other s spectrum to offer 3G services. According to DoT though roaming is permitted, such an intra-circle arrangement cannot be used to sell 3G connections in areas where the operators do not have spectrum.