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SMS war between Vodafone and DoCoMo

Mumbai,Nov 19 () : The mobile operator, Tata Teleservices-DoCoMo  has managed to get relief from Vodafone’s move to stop all SMS coming to their subscribers from the former.

Telecom Disputes Settlement and Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT) gave a ruling that till Nov 20 Vodafone should restrain from all such actions till it hears the plea of Tata. Vodafone claims that it has to get 10 ps for each SMS originating from Tata DoCoMo mobile and terminating in their network.

Vodafone said its bill of Rs 188 cr for termination charges due as back as April 2011 were not paid and set a deadline of Nov 17 for payment. TDSAT has asked Vodafone not to take any action till it decides.

This the second dispute before TDSAT. Bharti Airtel blocked SMS from Aircel and Rcom (Reliance Communication) for not paying termination charges. Officially it stated that these two operators were flooding Airtel network with free SMS to create problems. Both the operators denied the charges.

Rcom moved TDSAT and got an order to restrain Airtel till it gave its verdict while Aircel had moved the Supreme Court citing that its plea before apex court was pending and Airtel’s move amounted to contempt.

TRAI, the telecom authority has now made it mandatory for new connections to be activated only after the physical verification of documents by service provider and not just by verifying the scanned documents submitted through email by dealer. This has made new connections in city to get activated in three days and in rural areas it takes 7-9 days.

Yet another rule is that on applying for a new mobile, the subscriber has to give the details of his other connections in his name and if he has 9 connections, then he is not eligible for a fresh one.

After the Delhi High Court struck the order of TRAI on limit of 100 sms, it has now asked operators to come up with a software to identify commercial SMS and charge them 50 ps each. It has asked users to forward commercial SMS to 1909 with no and date of receipt for action.