1. Reliance Jio row: Justice Patel demands imposition of Rs 9,900 cr penalty on Airtel, Vodafone, Idea

Reliance Jio row: Justice Patel demands imposition of Rs 9,900 cr penalty on Airtel, Vodafone, Idea

Incumbent operators -- Airtel, Vodafone and Idea -- should be asked to pay a penalty of Rs 9,900 crore combined for alleged breach of licence conditions by not providing interconnection to Reliance Jio, former Chief Justice of Delhi High...

By: | New Delhi | Published: September 26, 2016 11:29 PM
Citing newspaper reports on operators not providing adequate interconnectivity to Jio, Justice Patel said that with the entry of Reliance Jio in the market, the three telecom operators "are taking measures which are against the interest of consumers." (Twitter) Citing newspaper reports on operators not providing adequate interconnectivity to Jio, Justice Patel said that with the entry of Reliance Jio in the market, the three telecom operators “are taking measures which are against the interest of consumers.” (Twitter)

Incumbent operators — Airtel, Vodafone and Idea — should be asked to pay a penalty of Rs 9,900 crore combined for alleged breach of licence conditions by not providing interconnection to Reliance Jio, former Chief Justice of Delhi High Court, Justice B C Patel has said.

In a letter to Telecom Minister Manoj Sinha, Justice Patel said that the actions of these operators are in “clear violation of several clauses of their licence which should invite strict action from the Department of Telecom in its capacity as Licensor” and hence a penalty of Rs 3,300 crore should be imposed on these operators individually.

“Having studied this matter in detail, I am convinced that this is a clear case of anti-customer and anti-competitive actions being taken by these operators which must be stopped at all costs,” the letter said.

Citing newspaper reports on operators not providing adequate interconnectivity to Jio, Justice Patel said that with the entry of Reliance Jio in the market, the three telecom operators “are taking measures which are against the interest of consumers.”

He further noted that incumbent telecom operators are also refusing to allow mobile number portability for their existing subscribers opting to shift to Reliance Jio without any valid reasons.

“…As a conscientious citizen of this nation, I cannot stand by and be a silent spectator to these events when it is obvious to anyone that the action of these three telecom operators is illegal and clearly in breach of their licence terms which calls for urgent and strong action including imposition of penalty by the Department of Telecom,” the letter said.

It said that the three operators – Airtel, Vodafone and Idea – provide services in 22 circles and issues related to interconnection, service quality and mobile number portability exist on all the circles for these operators.

“For these three operators, the total penalty amount comes to Rs 3300 crore X 3, that is Rs 9900 crore,” the letter pointed out.

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    Tommy
    Sep 27, 2016 at 11:55 am
    No conscience here.This is paid work, just like some retd SC judge opined in favour of Gen VK Singh in his DOB case !
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      gspal
      Sep 26, 2016 at 10:25 pm
      How can these non-Jio operators hand over the ever increasing Jio demand of POPs? Have they not to run their own interconnections points. Mukesh is asking the other telecom providers to invest in more towers and, thereby, POPs and then hand them over to Jio. In other words to hand over the investment to Mukesh Ambani. What Mukesh Ambani is demanding is ridiculous? India is a country with a socialist economy unlike USA which has a capitalist economy. What Mukesh Ambani is demanding from DoT, TRAI and PM, Modi, is to make Reliance Jio as the sole/largest telecom service provider by making the other telecom providers serve the interests of Jio only and not their own for which they (other telecom service providers) have made millions of crores of investment. Are the other telecom service providers not answerable to their shareholders?
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        Nimesh
        Sep 27, 2016 at 4:59 am
        @GSpal.....get some basics about telecom industry before jumping to right such long comments...shallow knowledge is more dangerous!!!
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          Nimesh
          Sep 27, 2016 at 5:00 am
          @GSpal.....get some basics about telecom industry before jumping to write such long comments...shallow knowledge is more dangerous!!!
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            VIVEK
            Sep 27, 2016 at 4:57 pm
            RS. 9900 cr as penalty. I am sure Judge Patel is drunk. That is why nobody takes Indian Judges seriously. Other cartoon is Katju.
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