BSNL's complaint against Indus Towers dismissed

14 Nov 2018

The Competition Commission of India (CCI) has rejected a complaint by state-owned operator BSNL accusing Indus Towers of abusing its dominant market position by withholding access to telecom tower sites.

The CCI has dismissed the case as it does not believe there is a case for contravention of India's Competition Act, the Economic Times reported.

BSNL had accused Indus Towers of abusing its market position by denying access to its passive infrastructure, in alleged contravention of India's the Infrastructure Sharing Agreement.

But Indus Towers denied refusing to provide access to the state-owned operator, and the CCI found that the allegation by BSNL remains unsubstantiated and that no valid case for violating the Competition Act has been laid out.

Indus Towers is an independently managed joint venture established by Bharti Airtel, Vodafone India and Idea Cellular in 2007. Vodafone India and Idea Cellular merged earlier this year to become Vodafone Idea.

BSNL meanwhile provides fixed line and mobile services, and operates across all of India's telecoms circles apart from Delhi and Mumbai, which are the domain of fellow state-owned operator MTNL.

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