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Jul 03, 2012 at 01:34pm IST

Telecom companies' 3G roaming pact illegal: TDSAT

New Delhi: The Telecom Disputes Settlement and Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT) looking into the 3G roaming mobile services on Tuesday gave a split verdict in the case with its chairman directing the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) to send out fresh notices to telecom operators while another judge ruling that the pact formed between telecom majors on 3G must be ended.

Leading telecos like Bharti, Vodafone and Idea had entered into an agreement with one another to offer 3G services in circles in which they could not succeed in getting spectrum in an auction held in 2011. The DoT had ruled their pact illegal on December 23.

While holding the pact illegal, the Chairman of the TDSAT said that DoT could initiate fresh proceedings in the case.

"The principles of natural justice were violated while forming the pact. The Department of Telecommunications can initiate fresh proceedings in the case," he said.

A member of the tribunal said that companies could not form 3G ICR (intra-circle roaming) pacts and that companies must have 3G spectrum in a particular circle to offer 3G services.

The ruling is expected to extend the stalemate between the DoT and the telecos.