BSNL sends fresh bill to Reliance Info

New Delhi | Updated: Nov 1 2004, 05:30am hrs
Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) has sent a fresh bill to Reliance Infocomm, over routing of international calls as domestic calls using the public sector undertaking (PSU)s network, according to sources.

With this, Reliance Infocomm will have to pay a total of Rs 180 crore to BSNL.

Reliance Infocomm has been given a weeks time to pay up the entire amount, a BSNL source said. Reliance Info had recently paid up Rs 58 crore to BSNL as part of an interim arrange- ment. Reliance needs to dish out another Rs 120 crore, going by the bill prepared by BSNL.

So far, BSNL has investigated 355 points of interconnection (PoIs) with Reliance Infocomm.

There are 45 more PoIs to be investigated for such illegal routing of international long distance (ILD) calls. There are chances that the bill might escalate further, the source added.

The issue turned controversial after BSNL asked the government and the regulator to help stop illegal routing of ILD calls by some operators including Reliance, on its network.

As reported earlier by FE, officials in the department of telecommunications (DoT) still want the two operators to resolve the matter between themselves.

Even the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) chose to remain out of this conflict.

According to Trai chairman Pradip Baijal, Trai is a lean body and cannot take up such investigations.

Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Limited (MTNL) too has complained about illegal use of its network by Reliance, for routing ILD calls under the garb of domestic calls.MTNLs bill to Reliance is around Rs 135 crore each for Delhi and Mumbai.