Delhi High Court extended the validity of Bharti Airtel 3G via roaming agreements with other two leading operators Vodafone and Idea till next hearing date May 8, 2013.
Last Friday, DOT had issued a order to Airtel to stop the 3G service within 3 days in the 7 areas where they don’t have 3G license and providing the service by sharing 3g airwaves with two other operators and also ordered a penalty of Rs 50 crore for each circle.
Bharti Airtel moved to Delhi High Court referring that the services were legal and allowed by DOT before the 3g spectrum auction in 2010.
Delhi HC has ordered to allow the service till the next hearing date of May 8, 2013 and also stated that Airtel no need to pay the penalty of Rs 350 crore immediately.
High Court orders not only refreshed the Bharti Airtel but also helped 3G subscribers across 7 circles including Kerala, Kolkata, Haryana, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Gujarat and Uttar Pradesh East to enjoy high speed internet and video telephony without the headache of unwanted service termination.
The Future of 3g roaming agreements is totally unknown at present but its true that million of subscribers are getting benefited by this agreements and it has also put the the 3g operators in a tough competition in terms of 3g plans and packs.