Telcos get sued – Illegal services, norm violation and more..

In what could be termed as “sue”table headlines to start the new year, Telcos are being sued for illegal services they are offering:

DoT puts AT &T on notice for illegal services

The licenser has accused AT&T of provisioning “illegal and unauthorised” virtual private networks (VPNs) — a network that uses public telecommunication infrastructure such as the internet to provide access to organisations. DoT has also accused the company of misusing international private leased circuits (IPLC) — a dedicated communication line used by corporates.

NGO says Vodafone violated FIPB norms

Telecom Watchdog, a non-governmental organisation (NGO), has moved the government alleging that the British telecom company Vodafone violated Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) norms at the time of acquisition of majority stake in Hutchison Essar (HEL), now Vodafone Essar.
In a letter to the Department of Telecommunications (DoT), the NGO has accused Vodafone of buying 15.03 per cent stake held by certain individuals in HEL over the prescribed limit.

The NGO has also alleged that Vodafone has kept $352 million as retention money for “undisclosed purposes under a retention deed dated May 8, 2007, entered into between Vodafone and Hutch”.
This money could be used for bribing government officers and for undisclosed liabilities, the NGO fear

Airtel rapped for illegal Net use

DoT has pulled up Bharti Airtel alleging it of setting up illegal Internet and telephony equipment at its Chennai data centre.

During a raid by VTM cell at Chennai’s Exel India’s (a clearing and forwarding agent and a bandwidth customer of Bharti Airtel) last month, it was found that company was running a network equipment that was co-located with Bharti Airtel’s data centre. The resources for the equipment – including a 1 Mbps internet bandwidth, 128 Kbps IPLC to Singapore and MPLS connectivity to major cities in India – were provided by Bharti Airtel.
According to the notice, the network had an internet private leaseline circuit (IPLC) that was connected with the internet bandwidth within the same network

This can be “configured as a default-route to channel internet traffic through this IPLC, thus forming an unauthorised or illegal gateway”

RCom slaps legal notice to DoT

Unhappy over Communication Ministry’s decision to allot addition spectrum based on regulator TRAI’s formula, CDMA mobile operator Reliance Communications served a legal notice to the government to freeze allocation of airwaves to existing players on 27 December.
The notice came in the wake of government accepting TRAI’s recommendations to award spectrum to mobile operators and deciding to file an affidavit in the Delhi High Court.

While the blame game and finger pointing marks the beginning of 2008, what’s really surprising is that TRAI, after declaring 2007 to be broadband year (and failed big time) is now planning to redefine “broadband”
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