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No need for urgent relief to Idea, Airtel over IUC: Trai to Bombay HC

Airtel and Idea had challenged the Trai decision of slashing IUC rate in the Bombay High court

BS Web Team  |  New Delhi 

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A man walks past a shop displaying Idea Cellular Ltd's logo on its shutters in Mumbai


Telecom regulator on Friday said that there is no need for urgent relief to and Bharti Airtel, claiming that the decision to slash rate from 14 paise to will not have immediate impact on companies. 

and had challenged the decision of slashing rate in the Bombay High court. "There will be no immediate impact on companies due to IUC," told the court.

also hit back at telecom firms, saying "Airtel, Vodafone, Idea's plea is worst form of 'forum shopping'. They've recovered costs."

The telecom regulator, which sent the industry into a tizzy with its decision to slash interconnection usage charges (IUC), had earlier justified the move by saying it "will result in direct benefit to customers". Contradicting this claim, industry experts said that, given the current scenario in the sector, there will be no such direct benefit to end users.

While had welcomed the move, other operators slammed the decision, saying it will further dent the financial books of the incumbent players in the short run.

First Published: Fri, September 29 2017. 16:21 IST