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Trai asks Idea to submit ~3 cr for ‘overchargi­ng’ subscriber­s


Tr ai( Telecom Regulatory Authority of India) has directed Idea Cellular to deposit ~2.97 cr ore for allegedly over charging its subscriber­s for making calls to BS N Land M TN L networks. The amount is to be deposited in the Telecom Consumers Education and Protection Fund as Idea would not be able to make the refund to subscriber­s in view of non-availabili­ty of the rated call data records. The issue dates back to May 2005 when the Department of Telecommun­ications amended licence st ope rm it inter-service area connectivi­ty among telecom operators within Maharashtr­a, West Ben gal, Tamil Na du and Utt ar Pradesh. Going by the amendment, calls within each of these states were treated as intra-service area( or local) calls for the purpose of call routing and levy of access deficit charge.

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