Subscribers of Airtel 3G services in circles where the telecom major does not have a license to operate can breathe easy for a couple of days more.
On Monday, the Supreme Court issued a status quo on the cancellation of Airtel 3G services in seven circles where it does not have license to run 3G services.
The Supreme Court has told Department of Telecom not to take coercive action till the next hearing on April 11, The Hindu Business Line reported.
Airtel had entered into pacts with other service providers to roll out 3G services in 7 circles where it did not have spectrum license to operate 3G. However, the telecom department asked Airtel to stop providing 3G services in these seven circles.
The telco went to court against this order and had gotten a stay order. Last week the Delhi high court vacated the stay and Airtel would have been forced to reduce its 3G offering to 13 circles out of 22 circles in the country.
Idea Cellular and Vodafone have also entered into similar roaming agreements to provide 3G services. The department of telecom has imposed a fine of Rs 850 cr on Airtel, Rs 550 cr on Vodafone and Rs 300 cr on Idea.