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Yet another test of Tata, Reliance’s WiLL power

New Delhi, Aug. 18: Reliance Infocomm and Tata Teleservices, the two leading proponents of limited mobile services, will have high-profile advocates — Harish Salve and Dipankar Gupta — to argue their case on Tuesday before the Telecom Dispute Settlement Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT) on the use of V5.2 software that will limit calls within a small area.

V5.2 is a combination of hardware and software that has the capability to control a call from being passed on to another network. The product has also been approved by the International Telecommunications Union.

On Tuesday, TDSAT will hear the case which has been pending for more than a year. Cellular operators are insisting that the basic operators, who have been given the green signal by the appellate tribunal to offer limited mobility, should install this to limit their calls within the short distance charging area.

However, this has been contested by the basic operators. “It is a ploy by cellular operators to kill limited mobile service. Since our networks are already up and running, the cellular operators are harping on V5.2,” said a Reliance Infocomm official.

DoT to probe

The department of telecommunications (DoT) will examine the issue of limiting the calls from WiLL phones for which it had received directions from Trai, DoT secretary Vinod Vaish has said.

Basic players

Basic operators today alleged that Trai has not followed the process of transparent consultation on matters as significant as amending the licence terms of one set of operators. Trai has written to DoT asking it to examine the issue of call forwarding and multiple registration.

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