An immediate 3G data service termination order has been delivered by the department of telecommunications (DoT) on behalf of govt. to major Telcos.
Mobile telecommunication operators Airtel, Vodafone and Idea Cellular which signed roaming agreements under 3G services such as video calling, mobile TV and multi-media gaming in allotted zones as well as not licensed areas.
Now Government asked them to terminate delivering 3G services in outside licensed area, a showcause notice delivered too.
Axes all telecommunications companies, the telecom secretary R Chandrasekhar confirmed media that DoT officials have already sent “show cause notices as well as an advisory to stop 3G services” through mutual roaming pacts.
“It will go to those who have breached… stopping will be with immediate effect and time given for responding will be 60 days,” he further added.
The move came after last year in December, the Government asked companies to stop their 3G roaming agreements beyond their allotted zones as it was illegal and also leading to govt. revenue losses.
Reacting over it, the telcos had challenged government in the Telecom Disputes Settlement and Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT) in July, claiming it would harm customers in form of hike tariff plans.