The Telecom Regulator has granted additional time till September 8th, 2020 to Vodafone Idea Ltd. to reply to its show-cause notice on priority plan after the carrier sought more time to respond.
The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India last month had slapped a show-cause notice on Vodafone Idea over its pay-more-for-priority treatment mobile plan, saying the tariff offer “lacks transparency” and is “misleading” and not in compliance with the regulatory framework. The regulator had initially given time till Aug. 31 to Vodafone Idea to respond, but later extended the deadline to Sept. 4 following the company’s request.
A source privy to the development told PTI that Vodafone Idea again wrote to the regulator stating at least 15 days are needed to respond to the elaborate 17-page show-cause notice that was issued on Aug. 25. So, TRAI has now agreed to extend the deadline to September 8th and communicated the same to the telecom company, the source said. An email sent to Vodafone Idea did not elicit a response.
Vodafone Idea’s RedX tariff offer “violates the terms of license agreement” and is not consistent with stipulated technical specifications, TRAI had said, adding that it also did not comply with the service quality norms. TRAI had been examining Vodafone Idea’s priority plan RedX and Bharti Airtel Ltd.’s platinum offering to see if network preference to specific customers leads to deterioration of services for other non-premium subscribers or violates any norms.
Bharti Airtel, however, was not issued a show-cause notice for its platinum plan. Bharti Airtel offered to abide by TRAI’s views and also voluntarily modified its platinum offering suitably, and hence the regulator is not proceeding with further investigation on that.