The Delhi High Court has sent notices to Vodafone and Idea Cellular to stop adding new 3G customers in eleven and six circles respectively were they were providing 3G services via intra-roaming pact. Also, the High Court has asked Vodafone and Idea to appear in Court for hearing on July 15 and has reportedly said that there should be no coercive steps taken on the penalty imposed on the two.
The decision came a day after the Supreme Court ordered Bharti Airtel to stop providing 3G services in seven circles, where it was allegedly illegally sharing spectrum with other operators namely Vodafone and Idea Cellular.
The Department of Telecommunication had released orders against Airtel, Vodafone and Idea, the three service operators which have been sharing 3G networks to provide their services despite holding no licenses to do so. Though the government had earlier also notified these operators for these activities of offering 3G networks, it was when Reliance Communication filed case against such prohibited activities by the trio that the government moved a step ahead and took stringent actions against these operators.
All three operators, Bharti Airtel, Vodafone and Idea Cellular have been slapped with a penalty of Rs 350 crores, Rs 550 crores and Rs 300 crores respectively with each of the unlicensed 3G circle accounting for Rs 50 crore.