5:57 pm - Monday October 20, 2014

Telecom department to prevent private companies from offering 3G services

Asia Bizz: The Indian telecom department could soon ask some of the private telecom operators to terminate their 3G roaming services in India. Companies like Bharti, Vodafone, Idea and Aircel might be asked to take back their 3G roaming services.

The measure has been taken to prevent the companies from offering high speed data facilities across India. The move might also be taken so that the subscribers are deprived of the services in the areas where their respective operators do not have permits.

At present, operators like Idea, Vodafone, Bharti and Aircel have signed up 3G agreements, with the help of which they use each other waves. The agreement offers subscribers with high end data services also in places where they do not have a 3G spectrum.

On the other hand, the 2G roaming agreements are different from that of the 3G roaming agreements. A telecom company cannot offer services in a region where the company does not have a license. According to Trai and the telecom department, the 3G roaming pacts violate the license rules. A senior official from the DoT has said that they would be issuing notices to end such agreements after the law ministry gives its nod. Such a measure would prevent the companies to offer 3G services to the subscriber in the region where they do not have permits.

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