Government Plan To Appeal 3G ICR Ruling Will Create Uncertainty: COAI

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GSM industry body COAI has criticized the government’s plan to appeal the telecom tribunal’s ruling that legalizes intra-circle roaming (ICR) pacts for 3G services among operators, saying the move will lead to more turmoil in a sector already grappling with several legal and regulatory uncertainties.

In April, Telecom Disputes Settlement & Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT) overturned a ban on operators sharing high-speed, third-generation (3G) networks in a ruling that came as a big relief for telcos that don’t have 3G spectrum across circles. In addition, TDSAT also quashed the Rs 1,200 crore the telecom department had imposed as penalties on Bharti Airtel, Vodafone and Idea Cellular for getting into such 3G ICR pacts. DoT had said the operators had violated licensing rules.

“It is a clear decision and the government should accept it,” COAI director general Rajan S Mathews told ET. He added that TDSAT has rightly noted that such 3G agreements would increase the gross revenue of both the provider and the seeker of the 3G network, and in turn the government, which gets a percentage share of the adjusted gross revenue of the license holders. Original post at telecom.economictimes.indiatimes

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