New Delhi: Tata Teleservices Ltd (TTSL) has approached the Telecom Disputes Settlement and Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT) against Vodafone’s notice threatening to disconnect termination of SMSes on its network over a dispute on certain fees.
Vodafone had issued termination notice to TTSL asking it to pay Rs 188 crore as SMS termination fee by 17 November, failing which it would disconnect the Tata group firm SMSes from its network.
TTSL’s petition was put on Friday before a special vacation bench of TDSAT.
During the proceedings, both the parties agreed to put the matter on 20 November for next hearing. Meanwhile, Vodafone has also assured the tribunal that it would not stop interconnection of TTSL SMSes from its network till the next date of hearing.
“As agreed by both the parties, this matter may be put up on 20 November, 2012 under the same heading,” said TDSAT member P.K. Rastogi in his short order.
Vodafone is demanding termination fee from TTSL at the rate of 10 paise per SMS from April 2011. Termination charges are paid by an operator from whose network calls or SMSes originate to the one on whose network these communications end. These charges impact tariffs.