Delhi: The department of telecommunications (DoT)
has sought an explanation from Bharti Telenet (BTNL),
the basic services arm of the Bharti group, for illegally
routing national long-distance calls in violation
of its licence and interconnect agreements.
a notice sent to company, DoT noted that the companys
unlicensed / unauthorised activities have been alleged
to be causing not only a loss of revenue to other licensed
operators, but may also pose a security threat to the
nation. This follows complaints by Bharat Sanchar
Nigam that its telecom traffic in the Madhya Pradesh circle
is being affected by BTNLs violations.
DoT notice states: It is learnt that BTNL is illegally
routing national long-distance calls originating from
Bhopal to Vadodara, Pune, Bangalore etc via tandem exchanges
(TAX) point of interconnection (PoI) at Indore, with manipulation
of caller line identification (CLI) by adding 731 to clip
from Bhopal, thereby circumventing the applicability of
national routing plan and TRAIs determination dated
15 June 2001 and also violating the terms and conditions
of licence as well as interconnect agreement.
has also been complained that the calls to BTNLs
local numbers of Ujjain are being terminated outside Ujjain
for operation of a call centre at Bhopal, thereby violating
the numbering plan. The tampering of CLI, it has
added, is detrimental to security. Such activities
are a violation of Clause 14 in the main body of the licence
agreement and conditions.
this connection DoT letter dated 13 August says
regarding instructions for testing of PoIs between
two operators may also be referred to wherein it was explicitly
required that CLI shall not be tampered / suppressed by
any service provider as CLI is required for security purposes
and any violation of this requirement will amount to breach
of security, for which senior executives of the company
shall be held personally responsible.
reported activity is a contravention of this instruction,
the letter notes. In view of the above, you are
requested to explain as to why action should not be taken
for the reported violation of licence conditions and misuse
of interconnect resources. Your letter should reach us
positively within 15 days, DoT stated.