Telco chiefs meet Singh, Sibal on 3G issue

Meanwhile, Telecom firms chiefs, including Sunil Mittal of Bharti Airtel, Anil Ambani of RCom and Vittorio Colao of Vodafone, among others, also met Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee and Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal to present their views, sources said.

The Department of Telecom (DoT) and the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) had termed the existing agreement among operators for offering pan-India 3G services, despite not having spectrum in all the circles, as violation of licence norms, a charge rejected by the industry. Besides 3G roaming, operators also discussed various issues like one-time fee additional spectrum held by GSM operators and Trai's recommendations on merger and acquisition, sources said.

Airtel, Vodafone and Idea have entered into a roaming pact in circles where they failed to bag 3G spectrum auction held last year. However, it was opposed by the DoT saying it would led to revenue loss.

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