DoT asks Voda India, Airtel to pay Rs 3,050 cr

DoT asks Voda India, Airtel to pay Rs 3,050 cr

The DoT has asked Vodafone Idea and Bharti Airtel to pay Rs 3,050 crore within three weeks for breaching license conditions by denying the network to Reliance Jio Infocomm. economic times Reported on Friday, two weeks after the government announced a relief package for the industry.

Airtel had to pay Rs 1,050 crore and Vodafone Idea Rs 2,000 crore for alleged violation of norms at Point of Interconnection (POI) in 2016.

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) had recommended the penalty in 2016; The DoT accepted its recommendations in June 2019 but had not yet given notice.

Vodafone and Idea merged in August 2018.

The Union Cabinet on September 15 approved a relief package for its cash-strapped telecom sector, which includes a four-year moratorium on airwave payments due to the government. The measures gave breathing space to debt-ridden Vodafone Idea, which had earlier said it risks shutting down without government help and more time to pay dues.

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