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BSNL disconnects services to Airtel, Vodafone in Punjab
TT Correspondent |  |  30 Sep 2011

State-owned teleco major BSNL on Thursday disconnected services to Airtel and Vodafone, in the Punjab circle over the issue of outstanding payment that these operators own BSNL. This has caused disruption in land line and mobile calls in the state and in Panchkula area of Haryana.


An amount of Rs 5.97 crore and Rs 2.16 crore was outstanding towards Airtel and Vodafone, respectively, in the shape of interconnect user charges (IUC) for the period between April 2009 and August 2011.


Confirming this, a BSNL official told Telecomtiger that that services were disconnected due non-payment of dues for providing inter- connectivity between mobile and fixed landline phones.


"Several notices were sent to both Airtel and Vodafone to pay the charges but the telecom operators did not pay any heed," he said.


Criticizing BSNL’s decision to disconnect services Cellular Operators Association (COAI), a lobby group of telecom operators, in a statement said BSNL went ahead and disconnected services to private operators in Punjab without concerns for customer needs.


"Meetings held with CMD of BSNL to resolve the issue remained futile and BSNL has refused to withdraw its notice to disconnect the private operators, even after private operators pointed out that the amount claimed by BSNL that is Rs 165.62 crore at pan-India level, is erroneous, inflated and not in consonance with the Trai''s IUC regulations," it added.

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30 Sep 2011(IST)  
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