Now, BSNL moves TDSAT against TRAI's VAS procedures
After GSM and CDMA Telecom operators, state-controlled telecom firm BSNL on Friday moved sectoral tribunal TDSAT against TRAI's directive on offering Value-Added-Services (VAS).
New Delhi: After GSM and CDMA Telecom operators, state-controlled telecom firm BSNL on Friday moved sectoral tribunal TDSAT against TRAI's directive on offering Value-Added-Services (VAS).
BSNL has challenged the show-cause notice issued by Trai on July 18, 2012 for implementation of VAS guidelines.
The TDSAT bench headed by its Chairman Justice S B Sinha has directed to list the matter for October 3 for hearing.
The Telecom Disputes Settlement and Appellate Tribunal has also listed the petitions of GSM lobby group Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI) and CDMA's Association of Unified Telecom Service Providers of India (AUSPI) against the TRAI directive.
TRAI while issuing guidelines on July 4, 2011 had said that telecom operators would have to take confirmation from their customers through SMS or e-mail or Fax or in writing within 24 hours of activation of the VAS.
It had further said that the operators could charge only after confirmation is received from their customer and if not it shall be discontinued.
Further, every service provider shall, at least three days before the due date of renewal of a subscribed value added service, inform the consumer about it through SMS.
Opposing the TRAI's directive COAI and AUSPI had said this regulation was unjust and unfair to them. According to them, TRAI directive was "unreasonable, unwarranted and without application of mind..."
Yesterday, TDSAT had said that it would first settle the limitation issue on the petition against TRAI's order as it has been filed 412 days after issuance of the direction and only then it will proceed on the main issue.
It had issued notice on the lobby groups' application for condonation of delay only.
In AUSPI's petition, Reliance Communications, Reliance Telecom and Tata Teleservices are also parties.
As far as petition of COAI is concerned, Bharti Airtel, Vodafone, Idea Cellular and Aircel are also parties.