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Telecom Panel Defers Resolution On Telecom Firms (Airtel, Vodafone Thought Mobile) Penalty: Report

The problem has been hanging hearth since October 2016 when the Trai urged imposition of penalties

New Delhi: 

The Digital Communications Commissions, the inter-ministerial panel of the Telecom Ministry which can also be its highest decision-making authority, has deferred a call on imposing penalty on Airtel, Vodafone and Thought Mobile for not offering sufficient inter-connection to Reliance Jio throughout its community trial time in 2016.

No determination may very well be taken on the problem of penalty as one of many secretaries needed to depart early, so the problem has been deferred, official sources mentioned.

In February this yr, when the problem had come up for dialogue on the DCC, it was deferred as a consequence of lack of consensus within the report of an inside, seven-member DoT panel. 

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India in October 2016 beneficial imposing a complete penalty of Rs 3,050 crore on Airtel, Vodafone, and Thought for allegedly denying interconnectivity to Jio.

The problem has been hanging hearth since October 2016 when the Trai urged imposition of penalties on India’s older operators for allegedly violating licence circumstances by not offering sufficient factors of interconnection to Reliance Jio, which led to extreme name failures on the brand new entrant’s community, hurting high quality of companies. 

It had taken the form of a cartelisation by the outdated operators to dam or harm the entry of a brand new entrant and affect the free market and competitors, Trai (Telecom Regulatory Authority of Indi) had mentioned. 

The regulator had beneficial fines of Rs 1,050 crore every on Bharti Airtel and Vodafone India for breaches in 21 licensed service areas (LSAs) whereas Thought Mobile was penalised Rs 950 crore for alleged violations in 19 LSAs. Vodafone and Thought have since merged their operations.

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