Quick Edit | Not quite free to roam

Quick Edit | Not quite free to roam

It’s a measure of the high stakes involved that Bharti Airtel’s Sunil Mittal, Idea’s Kumar Mangalam Birla and Vodafone’s Vittorio Colao have jointly written to the Prime Minister objecting to any move to stop them from offering 3G services in each other’s circles.

The companies reject this contention, saying that they are only sharing networks, which is allowed. While the quality of 3G services thus far on offer has been patchy to say the least, the telecom companies say they have right on their side.

What may tilt the case in their favour is that the government said this specific kind of 3G roaming would be allowed during a clarification session before the auction.

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