Telecom regulator imposes Rs 50 lakh penalty on 9 operators: sources

Telecom regulator imposes Rs 50 lakh penalty on 9 operators: sources

State-run telecom firm BSNL and eight other mobile phone operators have been slapped with a cumulative penalty of Rs 50 lakh for their failure in meeting prescribed quality of service parameters in the three months ended June
30 this year.

Official sources revealed that BSNL has been slapped with the biggest penalty of Rs 14.5 lakh for its failure to meet thirteen quality parameters.

Aircel and Reliance Communications have suffered a hefty penalty of Rs 12.5-lakh for failing to meet certain quality parameters in the quarter through the end of June.

The regulator also imposed a penalty of Rs 3 lakh on Idea Cellular, Rs 2 lakh each Bharti Airtel, Rs 1.5 lakh each on Vodafone India and Uninor. CDMA operator MTS has been ordered to pay a fine of Rs 50,000 for failing to meet certain quality guidelines.

No penalty has reportedly been imposed on Videocon, Loop Mobile and government-run MTNL.

TRAI has the powers to impose a penalty of up to Rs 10 lakh on a telecom operator in case it finds that the telecom operator has submitted a false compliance report on quality of service parameters.

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