DoT issues showcause notices for 3G roaming

28 Aug 2012

Indian regulator the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has issued showcause notices to Bharti Airtel, Idea Cellular and Vodafone India directing the trio to cease offering 3G services via roaming agreements, reports the Economic Times. As noted by CommsUpdate earlier this month, the watchdog sought further legal advice and chose to continue pursuing the operators after a split decision from the Telecom Disputes Settlement and Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT) in early July this year left the case unresolved. When no single cellco won pan-India spectrum for 3G services, Bharti Airtel, Vodafone, Idea Cellular and Reliance Communication began offering 3G products outside of their service areas via roaming agreements with other cellcos, patching gaps in their own coverage. India’s regulators have sought to end the practice, which they believe is illegal, despite having previously told operators that the practice was permissible.