SC compromises on 3G roaming decision

11 Apr 2013

India’s Supreme Court has granted Bharti Airtel something of a reprieve, allowing the cellco to continue providing 3G services in seven circles where it does not hold a licence, though it is forbidden from signing up new users in those areas, the Economic Times reports. As previously noted by CommsUpdate, the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has sought to ban the practice of 3G roaming, recently ordering Bharti, Idea Cellular and Vodafone India to cease the service and issuing fines totalling INR12.5 billion (USD228.44 million) to the trio.