'Airtel, Idea, Voda 3G pact will hit govt'


8 Jun 2011
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New Delhi: The roaming pact among telecom companies for 3G services, which is in violation of licence norms, would lead to significant loss of revenue for the government, according to the Telecom Ministry.

There may also be an impact on revenues from spectrum usage charge collected from operators, according to an internal note prepared by the Department of Telecom (DoT).

The ministry is also likely to send this information to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

Recently, the chiefs of three leading telecom firms – Bharti, Idea and Vodafone -- in a jointly singed letter had sought the Prime Minister's intervention in the dispute over 3G roaming pact, or else they threatened to surrender spectrum.

"During the process of auction, on a query from a participant, a clarification was issued intimating that the customers of those operators who do not win 3G spectrum in a service area, can allow their customers to roam on the 3G network.
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