Airtel, RCom Tata Tele & others face Rs 136 cr fine

The Department of Telecom (DoT) has lowered the total quantum of penalty from Rs 477 crore decided earlier to Rs 135.60 crore after repeated representations by the operators, giving a major benefit to all big private telecom players.

As per the latest calculation sheet, the revised liquidated damages is Rs 135.60 crore and almost all private players except Vodafone-Essar face penalties. Other than Tatas, Airtel and RCom, Aircel faces a penalty of Rs 28.85 crore, HFCL has a liquidated damages of Rs seven crore and the two PSUs — BSNL and MTNL along with Vodafone-Essar face no penalty. In the case of Tatas, Tata Teleservices faces a penalty of Rs 37.6 crore, while Tata Teleservices (Maharashtra) Ltd will have to pay Rs 3.7 crore for roll-out lapses.

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