Department of Telecommunications DoT had sent a notice to Bharti Airtel to immediately stop 3G services in regions, where it does not have its own airwaves. Airtel had made a pact with other telecoms services to provide the service. However, Airtel had managed to get a stay order halting the ban process temporarily, but they had to pay a penalty of $65 million.
A panel of judges at Delhi High Court set aside on Thursday the court's earlier order that withheld the execution of a government ban on Airtel's 3G service in specific regions. There is no further information regarding the court hearing.
"We believe the 3G ICR (intra-circle roaming) arrangements are in compliance with all applicable laws and licensing conditions," said Airtel in a statement, adding it will consider appropriate legal action after receiving the court's order.
Vodafone and Idea Cellular are also facing similar disputes with the Department of Telecommunications.