Telecom regulator Trai has granted extra time, until September 8, to Vodafone Idea to answer to its show-cause discover on precedence plan, after the corporate sought extra time to reply. The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) final month had slapped a show-cause discover on Vodafone Idea Ltd (VIL) over its pay-more-for-priority remedy cell plan, saying the tariff provide “lacks transparency” and is “misleading” and never in compliance with the regulatory framework.
The regulator had initially given time until August 31 to VIL to reply, however later prolonged the deadline to September 4 following firm’s request. A supply aware about the event informed PTI that VIL once more wrote to the regulator stating a minimum of 15 days are wanted to answer the frilly 17-page show-cause discover that was issued on August 25. So, Trai has now agreed to increase the deadline to September 8 and communicated the identical to the telco, the supply mentioned.
A mail despatched to Vodafone Idea didn’t elicit a response.
The regulator — which had been probing VIL’s precedence plan — had issued a show-cause discover asking the corporate “why appropriate action should not be initiated against it for violating the extant regulatory framework by its RedX tariff plan…”
In its show-cause discover to VIL, the regulator had mentioned: “The RedX Tariff offer lacks transparency and is misleading and not in compliance with regulatory principles of tariff assessment contained under Telecom Tariff Order, 1999 as amended from time to time.”
The sector regulator had additionally mentioned it’s of the view that the “claim of VIL for providing ‘Priority 4G Network with faster data speeds’ is not in compliance with the extant regulatory framework…”
It had mentioned that the RedX tariff provide is in contravention of particular clauses of the Telecom Tariff Order regarding safety of pursuits of the customers. VIL’s RedX tariff provide “violates the terms of license agreement” and isn’t per stipulated technical specs, Trai had mentioned including that it additionally didn’t adjust to the service high quality norms.
Trai had been inspecting Vodafone Idea’s precedence plan RedX and Bharti Airtel Platinum Offering to see if community desire to particular clients results in deterioration of providers for different non-premium subscribers or violates any norms.
Bharti Airtel, nevertheless, was not issued a show-cause discover for its platinum plan. Airtel provided to abide by Trai’s views and likewise voluntarily modified its platinum providing suitably, and therefore Trai will not be continuing with additional investigation on that.
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