Bharti Airtel Ltd cannot add new 3G customers in seven zones where it
does not own the airwaves and offers the services through pacts with
other carriers, the Supreme Court said on Thursday, pending a final
ruling in the dispute.
Bharti can, however, continue 3G services in
the zones for its existing customers, the court said, after hearing an
appeal by India's top telecommunications carrier challenging a
government ban on 3G pacts between carriers.
India and Idea Cellular currently offer 3G services outside their
licensed zones through pacts with each other as no carrier managed to
win the airwaves for all of India in a 2010 auction.
telecommunications ministry says the pacts are illegal. It had asked the
carriers to end the pacts immediately and also imposed penalties on
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