BSNL disconnects services to Airtel, Vodafone, Idea in Haryana

BSNL disconnects services to Airtel, Vodafone, Idea in Haryana

Chandigarh: A few days after Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) snapped telecom services to private operators, the Public Sector Undertakings (PSU) on Tuesday disconnected services to Airtel, Vodafone and Idea in Haryana circle, leading to disruption in landline and mobile services.

“We have disconnected services to three companies Airtel, Vodafone and Idea in Haryana circle," a senior official of BSNL told the news agency on Tuesday.

BSNL Punjab Circle had already disconnected Points of Interconnect (PoI) of these companies disrupting services within the state to these companies. STD services were normal as they are operated through the trunk exchanges.

After the disconnection, subscribers of BSNL landline in Haryana circle could not establish link with mobile phones of Airtel, Vodafone and Idea. Similarly, customers of these three operators could not call up fixed line number of BSNL in the same circle.

BSNL has 5.81 lakh landline connections while Airtel, Vodafone and Idea have 22.15 lakh, 42.02 lakh and 32.56 lakh connections, respectively, as on July 31, 2011.

BSNL Haryana circle claims to have total outstanding dues amounting to 2.70 crore including 98 lakh from Vodafone, 81 lakh from Airtel and 92 lakh from Idea.

BSNL has nine SSA (Secondary Switching Areas) spread in 8 districts of Haryana including Hisar, Jind, Rohtak, Ambala, Gurgaon, Faridabad, Karnal and Sonepat. SSA provides Point of Interconnection (POI) between BSNL and other telecom operators for calls within the state.

Earlier, BSNL had cut off services to five mobile operators in Punjab on 29 September.

However, it restored services to Reliance Communication and Tata Teleservices on 3 October after telecom tribunal, Telecom Disputes Settlement & Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT), stayed PSU form disconnecting services of petitioner private operators on account of inter-connectivity user charges.