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TRAI seeks info on 3G roaming deals

New Delhi: Telecom regulator TRAI has sought information from leading service providers on their bilateral agreements for 3G roaming to ensure there is no violation of licence terms and conditions.

The watchdog is looking at as to how these companies are selling their 3G spectrum services under the agreement, sources in the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India said. Earlier, the Department of Telecom had raised doubts over 3G roaming pacts of companies that do not have pan-India 3G licences.

The pacts help them reduce cost. In July this year, in an effort to reduce cost and offer pan-India 3G services, Vodafone, Bharti Airtel and Idea Cellular had started sharing their networks to provide seamless service to customers.

These companies had entered into a bilateral roaming agreement, both inter and intra circle, to provide 3G services to customers in circles where they did not have 3G licences.

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