• Telecom and Broadcasting

    The practice of the Firm relating to Telecom and Broadcasting are not limited to Regulatory work but the Firm also does IPR related works in the telecom sectors. The Firm at present represents Bharti, Vodafone, Tata Sky, You Telecom, Viacom 18, Indian Broadcasting Federation (IBF), Entertainment Network India Limited (ENIL), Times Internet, Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL), Zee Turner Limited, Dish TV, Siti Cable (earlier known as Wire & Wireless India Ltd.), Taj Television. The Firm has also representing the above mentioned clients in relation to issues of Indirect Taxation. Some of the issues in Telecom and Broadcasting sector in which the Firm has been involved are as under:

    Jurisdiction of TRAI to adjudicate disputes between Service Providers after amendment of TRAI Act

    BSNL Vs. TRAI (Appeal No. 1 of 2004; date of judgment 16.08.2004)

    Whether TRAI has any jurisdiction to amend the Terms and Conditions of Interconnect agreement signed between two Service Providers and Reference Interconnect Offer (RIO) in Telecom Sector.

    BSNL Vs. TRAI (Appeal No. 11 of 2002; date of judgment 27.04.2005)

    Permissibility of near-end/far-end in offer of calls by the Service Providers

    Bharti Telenet Vs. UOI (Appeal No. 1 of 2002 judgment dated 27.07.2006)

    Validity of the Tariff Orders of TRAI
    Issue of mandatory direct connectivity between two Service Providers

    BSNL Vs. TRAI (Appeal No. 31 of 2003; judgment dated 05.05.2005)

    Issues regarding carriage charges

    BSNL Vs. TRAI (Appeal No. 1 of 2006 and 8 of 2006)

    Access deficit charges
    Issues relating to Reference Interconnect Offer (RIO)
    Masking of international calls by Reliance
    Provisioning of WLLM Service without payment of ADC by data (Walki) (Supreme Court and TDSAT) and Reliance (unlimited codeless) (Supreme Court and TDSAT)

    Payment of Sales Tax on Telecom Service

    BSNL Vs. Union of India (Supreme Court) and other matters.

    Payment of Entertainment Tax by DTH Operators
    The matter relating to interpretation of clause 3.2 (Must Provide)

    Star India Vs. Zee TV