The Supreme Court has upheld the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India’s (TRAI) appeal against a telecom tribunal order that had set aside a regulation requiring telecom operators to report all tariffs. The regulation was aimed at ensuring transparency and non-discrimination.
As part of its verdict, SC has directed Bharti Airtel and Vodafone Idea (Vi) to disclose all their segmented offers to the TRAI.
SC judgement in the case has delivered a big blow to the telcos, as per whom making such details public would violate commercial confidentiality and enable their competitors to poach their customers.
Given this concern, SC has directed TRAI to keep details of such segmented offers confidential and ensure no disclosure of such information to any competitor or other third-party.
Earlier in 2018, the Telecom Disputes Settlement & Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT) had set aside a rule in TRAI’s predatory pricing regulation that required telecom operators to report all segmented offers.