Telecom regulator Trai has granted further time, till September 8, to Vodafone Idea to reply to its show-cause notice on priority plan, after the corporate sought extra time to respond. The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) final month had slapped a show-cause notice on Vodafone Idea Ltd (VIL) over its pay-more-for-priority remedy cell plan, saying the tariff supply “lacks transparency” and is “misleading” and never in compliance with the regulatory framework.
The regulator had initially given time till August 31 to VIL to respond, however later prolonged the deadline to September four following firm’s request. A supply privy to the event advised PTI that VIL once more wrote to the regulator stating a minimum of 15 days are wanted to respond to the frilly 17-page show-cause notice that was issued on August 25. So, Trai has now agreed to prolong 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 priority plan — had issued a show-cause notice 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 notice 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 supply is in contravention of particular clauses of the Telecom Tariff Order relating to safety of pursuits of the shoppers. VIL’s RedX tariff supply “violates the terms of license agreement” and isn’t in step with 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 priority plan RedX and Bharti Airtel Platinum Offering to see if community choice to particular clients leads to deterioration of providers for different non-premium subscribers or violates any norms.
Bharti Airtel, nevertheless, was not issued a show-cause notice for its platinum plan. Airtel provided to abide by Trai’s views and in addition voluntarily modified its platinum providing suitably, and therefore Trai shouldn’t be continuing with additional investigation on that.