BSNL withdraws connectivity from private operators in India

BSNL withdraws connectivity from private operators in India

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Asia Bizz: Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) has recently disconnected itself with some of the private carriers like Idea, Airtel and Vodafone from its network in India. The telecom company has discontinued its connectivity on account of the distance-based outstanding charges which account to Rs. 13 crore.

Reports state that the new move has indicated that customers of BSNL cannot connect with the three operators and vice versa. Still BSNL has allowed the private operators to make emergency calls to the BSNL numbers like 100, 101, 102 and 108.

The Indian government-based telecom company has said that the services have been withdrawn after giving enough notification as well as time as per the interconnect agreements with the operators in question. A press statement was released by BSNL, but it did not indicate from which circle the connectivity has been withdrawn.

Some of the sources from the company have said that it is the Maharashtra circle. Earlier the company withdrew its connectivity from private operators in the state of Punjab and Haryana. On the other hand, director general of COAI, Rajan Mathews has said that BSNL is violating the TRAI as well as TDSAT directives. TDSAT has said that the matter will be looked into in the month of November 2010 and the private operators should continue to pay BSNL.