Bharti Airtel may be asked to stop 3G services in seven regions

Bharti Airtel may be asked to stop 3G services in seven regions Zeebiz Bureau

New Delhi: By the end of March, Bharti Airtel could stop providing 3G services to seven circles.

According to English daily, the Department of Telecom (DoT) could ask the leading telecom service provider to stop providing third generation (3G) services in seven circles where it does not have high-end data services. Airtel could be asked to stop the services within the next 15 days, the reports claimed.

Bharti Airtel could be fined a penalty of Rs 350 crore or Rs 50 crore each for the seven circles where it provides roaming 3G services through Vodafone and Idea, its main rivals, the report said.

Vodafone and Idea could face similar notice too, the report said however adding that the telecom minister Kapil Sibal has already approved the DoT’s move to fine Airtel while nothing has been finalised on the other two.

In September 2012, the DoT had asked Airtel to terminate 3G roaming pacts in areas that it does not have third-generation spectrum but was offering services.