A committee set-up by DoT has found Bharti Airtel guilty for infringing license terms on subscriber local dialing (SLD) services. As per the committee, Bharti Airtel has violated the national long-distance (NLD)/international long distance (ILD) license norms and conditions in 13 circles in the country between 2000 and 2005. In response to that, the committee has recommended penalties of 650 crore ( 50 crore each for 13 telecom circles) on the service provider.
As per the allegations made by the committee, Bharti Airtel routed national and international calls as local calls and in spite of receiving specific directions from DoT issued on June 20, 2003, the company didn’t stop the service at least up to June 2005. the committee believes that due to Airtel’s this act, government exchequer and state-run Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited has faced a heavy loss in 13 circles in the country.
The committee also revealed that in 2005, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) was all set to terminate the license of Bharti Airtel. But, the regulator did not recommend termination as it would affect a large number of subscribers in the country.
The service provider has currently 232.95 million subscribers in India according to Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) as of November 2012.