(by Vikas SN & Nikhil Pahwa) April 5, 2013: Delhi High Court has lifted a stay on the government order and has asked Bharti Airtel to stop providing 3G services in seven circles that it did not win spectrum in the 2010 3G spectrum auction, reports The Hindu Businessline. March 18, 2013: The Economic Times reports that the Delhi High Court has allowed Airtel to continue to providing 3G services until May 8th. More here. March 15, 2013: India's largest telco Bharti Airtel has filed a plea with the Delhi High Court challenging the Department of Telecom (DoT) notice, which ordered the telco to shut down its 3G services in seven circles, reports The Hindu Business Line. The report states that the case is expected to be heard on Monday (today) prior to the completion of the 72-hour deadline set by DoT. This follows news reports from last week, which suggested that DoT had issued an order to Airtel to stop offering 3G services in seven circles, where it does not hold 3G spectrum yet and was offering the 3G service through intra-circle 3G agreements with other telcos, by March 18, 2013. A PTI report (via The Times Of India) had also suggested that telecom minister Kapil Sibal had approved a DoT committee recommendation to impose a Rs 50 crore penalty on each of these seven Airtel licenses. On 3G Intra Circle Roaming Arrangements The intra-circle roaming arrangements between telecom operators allowed them to offer 3G services to their customers, despite not having won spectrum…
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