TDSAT stays TRAI order to BSNL on WLL services

TDSAT stays TRAI order to BSNL on WLL services


New Delhi: Telecom tribunal TDSAT has stayed a direction by regulator TRAI to state-run BSNL in a case pertaining to calls terminating on the network of private WLL Mobile operators.

“Petitioner (BSNL) has prayed for interim stay of the directions contained in the impugned communication of the respondent (TRAI)... In facts and circumstances of the case, the operative part of the said communication is stayed," TDSAT chairman Arun Kumar said while granting interim stay.

Telecom Regulatory Authority of India on 29 August asked BSNL to submit a list of its subscribers affected by increase of tariff of local calls due to change of existing pulse rate of 180 seconds to 45 seconds. It had also directed BSNL to submit figures of excess amount paid by its subscribers due to such change within 15 days.

BSNL had appealed against it before the Telecom Disputes Settlement and Appellate Tribunal. “The impugned direction is completely erroneous, irrational, arbitrary and thereby without jurisdiction, deserving to be quashed," BSNL said in its petition.

BSNL has contended that it had not changed any pulse rate and had only applied the correct pulse rate in respect of calls made to WLL service. The PSU has flat two pulse rates, one of 45 seconds -- charged for calling on mobile services and another of 180 seconds for calling on fixed line services.

According to the petition, private firms such as Tata Teleservices, HFCL, Airtel (Touchtel) and Shyam Telelinks were providing WLL Mobile services under the grab of fixed wireless phones. They were even using the fixed numbering for their WLL Mobile services services.