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Troubled times for Airtell, as they may have to shutdown 3G services in Haryana, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh (East), Kolkata, Gujarat, Kerala, and Madhya Pradesh.
The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) sent a notice to the telecom operator, asking it to stop 3G for these circles, immediately, as it doses not have the spectrum license. Also, DoT has fined Airtel, a penalty of Rs. 350 crore, for violating license conditions
In the spectrum auction held for 3G services, by the government in 2010, no company could get pan-India spectrum. However, Airtel, Vodafone and Idea Cellular started providing services even in those circles, even though they did not have the license.The word is Vodafone and Idea Cellular are soon to be fined too.
As per Hindustan times, the notice said "As per Unified Access Services (UAS) licence condition 16.1 you are instructed to stop provisioning as well as selling of 3G services to existing as well as new customers of Haryana, Maharashtra, UP (East), Kolkata, Gujarat, Kerala, and Madhya Pradesh immediately. A confirmation of having stopped the services may be provided to this office latest by 1500 hours of March, 18, 2013."
"Bharti Airtel is directed to pay a financial penalty amount totalling Rs. 350 crore at Rs. 50 crore for each licence mentioned as per condition 10.2 (II) of UAS licence agreement for violaltion of terms and conditions of UAS licence agreements within 15 calender days from the date of issue of this notice, failing this further action may be initiated," it added.
Airtell has confirmed that it has revived the notice, but declines to comment about it.