3G roaming pacts to be investigated by TRAI

26 Sep 2011

Roaming pacts agreed between some of India’s mobile network operators for their respective third-generation infrastructure are to be examined by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI), the Economic Times reports. The regulator will apparently seek information from those cellcos that have struck such deals with a view to ensuring that there is no violation of licence terms and conditions. It is also thought that the TRAI will look at how 3G services are being sold under such agreements.

As previously reported by CommsUpdate, in July 2011 three of the country’s cellcos – Bharti Airtel, Vodafone Essar and Idea Cellular – signed agreements under which the trio would allow each other access to their respective 3G infrastructure, in effect allowing all three to offer pan-India third-generation services. At that date Vodafone confirmed that it had ‘entered into a bilateral roaming agreement with Idea and Airtel in circles where we have not built our own 3G network,’ with the operator adding: ‘With this agreement, Vodafone/Airtel/Idea will bring a pan-India experience of 3G services to their customers.’