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Airtel, Vi move telecom tribunal against Dot's demand notice


Bharti Airtel and Vodafone Idea have moved telecom tribunal to challenge Telecom Department's demand notices for payment of ~3,050 crore cumulative penalties in the points of interconne­ct matter, a source said. The Department of Telecommun­ications (DOT) had recently issued demand notices to both the telcos to pay cumulative ~3,050 crore in penalties in three weeks' time for violating norms by denying Reliance Jio points of interconne­ct (Pois) way back in 2016. Industry sources said that both Airtel and Vodafone Idea have now moved the Telecom Disputes Settlement and Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT) challengin­g Dot's demand notices and penalty and that the matter could come up for hearing on Tuesday. E-mails sent to Bharti Airtel and Vodafone Idea did not elicit a response.

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