08:47 am - Thursday 27 April 2017

DoT may slap a demand notice of Rs 650 crore on Bharti Airtel

By insightVAS - Thu May 30, 12:19 pm

The maximum penalty for each circle is Rs 50 crore

Bharti Airtel may soon receive a demand notice of Rs 650 crore from the Telecom Department for allegedly violating licence norms on subscriber local dialing (SLD) services. Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal has approved the recommendations of a DoT (Department of Telecommunication) committee which stated that the maximum permissible financial penalty of Rs 50 crore each for 13 circles where the violations took place may be imposed on Bharti Airtel.

“DoT this week has approved imposition of demand notices of financial penalty of Rs 500 crore and Rs 100 crore respectively on Bharti Airtel for violating licence conditions by provisioning of SLD services,” sources said.

When contacted, a Bharti Airtel spokesperson said, “We haven’t received any such notice and therefore will be unable to comment.”

The committee also added that Bharti Airtel should be asked to provide the call detail records (CDRs) of all calls in respect of the SLD service and the loss incurred to national exchequer in the form of licence fee and spectrum charges should also be recovered from the company.

According to the sources, in 2003 the telecom giant was instructed to stop offering SLD services but the company kept on providing the service up to 2005.

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