The Department of Telecom may invoke Bharti Airtel's bank guarantees as the company has not paid Rs 350 crore penalty imposed upon it for providing 3G services outside the permitted zones in violation of norms.
Media reports said that DoT has already sent a letter to the banks where Bharti Airtel has provided guarantees.
However, Bharti Airtel, in response to DoT's move, said that "We believe the 3G ICR arrangements are in compliance with all applicable laws and licensing conditions. These arrangements are also hugely beneficial to customers and discontinuing these will cause grave inconvenience to them."
The DoT had imposed Rs 350 crore penalty on Bharti Airtel on March 15 for violation of UAS liecnce conditions in Haryana, Maharashtra, UP (East), Kolkata, Gujarat, Kerala and Madhya Pradesh service areas for providing 3G services without having licence in certain zones by forming pacts with rivals.