DoT has fined Bharti Airtel, one of the largest mobile service
providers, with INR 3500 million for providing third generation
(3G) high-speed data services in the region of Kolkata,
Maharashtra, Gujarat, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and
Kerala without obtaining required permit from the DoT. Bharti
Airtel, Vodafone and Idea had obtained the required permit in 13, 9
and 11 circles respectively in the 2010 auction which allows them
to provide the said 3G services only within the respective
circles for which licenses were granted. The three telecom giants
entered into a mutually beneficial agreement with each other to
provide services in the circles where they do not have the permit
by utilizing the other partner's airways which has obtained
PSA view – Bharti Airtel has filed an
application with the Delhi High Court on March 15, 2013 seeking
injunction against the notice issued by the DoT and the matter is
posted for hearing. The matter is sub-judice at present and the
decision to be taken by the Court is imperative, because if Bharti
Airtel fails to obtain favorable order, it will have to stop
providing the 3G services in the circles it does not have a permit
and pay a fine of INR 3500 million. DoT is likely to take similar
action against Vodafone and Idea.
Government launched National Internet Registry
In November 2012, the RBI had issued a directive that all
payment gateways and websites of banks, financial institutions and
insurance companies should migrate to IPv6 from IPv4, tentatively
by December 2012. In order to adopt IPv6 in India, DoT had
introduced "National IPv6 Deployment Roadmap" in July
2010. Now, the government has launched the NIR, which will oversee
the allocation of internet protocol addresses to internet service
providers in India. NIR has been re-christened as Indian Registry
for Internet Names and Numbers ("IRINN") and will act as
a division of National Internet Exchange of India
("NIXI"). NIXI manages the allocation and registration of
internet resources in India. NIXI had also procured an in-principal
approval from Asia Pacific Network Information Centre to become
India's NIR in November 2011.
PSA view – Now internet service providers
can buy IP addresses from NIR locally and dependence on Asia
Pacific Network Information Centre will decrease. The rates may
even be cheaper. Further, NIR will enable faster information access
to cyber crime investigators and government authorities.
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