The three operators had inked an intra-circle roaming agreement to offer 3G services across the country, using each other’s spectrum. This was because none of these players had won pan-India spectrum individually in the auctions held in 2010.
The Department of Telecom had objected to the deal, saying that though roaming is permitted, such an intra-circle arrangement cannot be used to sell 3G connections in areas where operators do not have spectrum. DoT had asked the operators to stop such services and had also imposed penalties.
The Telecom Dispute Settlement Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT) has, however, quashed the penalties and ruled in favour of the operators.
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