TDSAT dismisses govt claims on WLL issue
Telecom tribunal dismissed government's claim to have privilege over documents between DoT and TRAI, which led to the decision to allow basic operators to offer limited mobility services.business Updated: Apr 18, 2003 17:21 IST
Telecom tribunal dismissed government's claim to have privilege over documents and correspondence between Department of Telecommunications and Telecom regulator TRAI, which led to the decision to allow basic operators to offer limited mobility services.
Telecom Dispute Settlement and Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT) asked DoT to submit the required documents, and government has been given time till tomorrow to decide on whether or not to disclose the files containing confidential material or appeal against TDSAT's order.
The tribunal has, however, clarified that its directive to government to produce documents did not indicate its opinion in the ongoing case -- WLL Vs Cellular services.
These documents relate to the decision making process of DoT after the new telecom policy was announced in 1999. The cellular operators claimed DoT had stated in September 1999 that basic operators could not offer mobile services, even limited.
Despite its clear determination, DoT in October 2000 wrote to TRAI asking to reconsider the option of allowing mobility to basic operators, cellular operators claimed.
The cellular operators demanded that DoT should place in tribunal documents relating to Telecom Commission's recommendations, correspondence between TRAI and DoT and the recommendations of various industry chambers on the issue.