DoT fines Idea, Spice for alleged rollout delays

26 Apr 2011

India’s Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has called on Idea Cellular and Spice Communications to pay fines totalling INR276 million (USD6.2 million) by the second week of May 2011 for the delay in the rollout of services in five of the country’s telecom circles. According to the Indian Economic Times, Idea has been served notices for failing to adhere to rollout obligations in the Karnataka and Punjab circles, while Spice has been called out on alleged delays to service launches in the Haryana, Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra circles. The two cellcos have each been instructed to pay INR70 million for their respective delays of more than 52 weeks in the Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh regions, while Idea has been fined INR45.5 million for a 39-week delay in meeting its rollout obligations in the Punjab circle. Spice meanwhile must also pay around INR45 million for each late rollout in Haryana and Maharashtra. With the notices issued to both cellcos on 21 April, they now have 15 days to pay the fines.