NEW DELHI: A probe by telecom regulator Trai has established that 3G roaming agreements between telcos violated licence conditions, but the authority has decided to ask the government to take a final call on this issue, an official aware of the development told ET.
The Trai move comes after mobile phone companies had explained to the regulator that the telecom department, prior to the 3G auctions, had clearly specified that 'roaming policy is applicable to licences and not specific to spectrum bands'. In their defence, these telcos had also provided copies of the clarifications provided by the department on this issue before the 3G auctions. The clarifications quote the DoT's response to operators' queries on this issue as stating that 'roaming will be permitted'.
"The mobile phone companies claim they have a written agreement from the telecoms department (DoT) on 3G roaming. Trai therefore wants DoT to address this issue," the official quoted above said.