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Mobile & Wireless

Airtel closes network to SMS from Aircel, RCom users

Monday 12 November 2012 | 15:28 CET | News
Indian mobile operator Bharti Airtel has closed its network to incoming text messages from subscribers of two other operators, Aircel and Reliance Communications (RCom), reports The Economic Times. Bharti Airtel executives said the company was forced to do this after the two companies started flooding its network with what they described as 'free spam messages', a charge that has been denied by RCom and Aircel. Aircel and RCom, in turn, allege that Airtel was resorting to pressure tactics to force them to pay more towards SMS termination charges. Executives of the two companies also accused Airtel of abusing its dominant position. RCom also slammed Bharti for "unilaterally taking this coercive action on an issue that was sub judice before Supreme Court and was also under consideration by sector regulator Trai'". An executive close to Airtel defended the company's move, saying "allowing any misuse of our (Airtel's) network would compromise the quality of service for our own customers during the festival season". The issue dates back to November 2011, when Airtel first demanded that Aircel pay INR 0.1 for every text message terminating on its network.

Categories: Mobile & Wireless
Companies: Aircel / Bharti Airtel / RCom / Reliance Communications / TRAI
Countries: India
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