Two weeks after the government announced a bailout package for the industry, the Economic Times reported Friday that the has requested and to pay Rs 3,050 crore within three weeks as fines for allegedly breaking license restrictions by refusing Reliance Jio Infocomm their networks.
According to the newspaper, Airtel must pay Rs 1,050 crore and Rs 2,000 crore for allegedly violating rules regarding points of interconnection (PoIs) in 2016.
The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) had suggested fines in 2016; the recommendations were adopted in June 2019; however, the letters have not yet been sent.
August 2018 saw the merger of Vodafone and Idea.
On September 15, the union cabinet adopted a relief package for its cash-strapped telecoms industry that included a four-year suspension of payments for airwaves that are owed to the government. The steps gave Vodafone Idea, which had earlier warned that a shutdown was possible without government assistance and more time to pay dues, breathing room.