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Not obligated to provide interconnectivity to Reliance Jio, Vodafone tells HC

The submission by Vodafone was made during the hearing of the company’s plea challenging TRAI’s recommendation to the Centre to impose Rs 1,050 crore penalty on it for not giving interconnectivity to Jio.

business Updated: Apr 24, 2018 19:26 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India, New Delhi
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A man casts silhouette onto an electronic screen displaying logo of Vodafone India in Mumbai.(Reuters File)

Telecom major Vodafone on Tuesday told the Delhi high court that it was not obligated to provide interconnectivity to Reliance Jio when it started operations in September 2016, as initially it was providing only test services.

The submission by Vodafone was made before Justice Rajiv Shakdher during the hearing of the company’s plea challenging telecom regulator TRAI’s recommendation to the Centre to impose Rs 1,050 crore penalty on it for not giving interconnectivity to Jio.

Vodafone also moved an application seeking to place on record some documents it had obtained through the Right to Information Act as well as seeking from TRAI details of the test services run by Jio in the initial months after its launch.

The court, thereafter, issued notice to the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) and sought its response by September 5 on Vodafone’s application.

It also issued notice on Reliance Jio’s application to be made a party in the case.

Meanwhile, the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) told the court that it has heard all the service providers and would take a decision in three to four months on TRAI’s recommendation.

During the brief arguments, TRAI said that since a similar plea against the penalty recommendation has been moved by Idea Cellular before a larger bench, this matter too should be heard by the same bench.

TRAI has recommended imposition of a fine of Rs 50 crore for each of the 21 circles of Vodafone, except in Jammu and Kashmir, which totals Rs 1,050 crore. TRAI had made similar recommendations against Airtel and Idea.

(This story has been published from a wire agency feed without modifications to the text. Only the headline has been changed.)

First Published: Apr 24, 2018 19:22 IST