Aircel to Pay 5 Paise per SMS to Vodafone

Looks like the dispute between Aircel and Vodafone will soon come to an end, with the Telecom Disputes Settlement and Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT) stepping in and ordering Aircel to pay 5 paise per message as SMS termination fee to Vodafone until the matter is completely resolved. The tribunal has also demanded Vodafone to restore interconnection of SMSs generated on Aircel’s networks.

This interim order passed by the tribunal is charging Aircel only half the amount demanded by Vodafone as SMS termination fees. Operators pay termination charges to each other on calls and SMSs that originate on their networks, and these charges have a direct impact on the tariffs they charge their customers.

A single-member bench by PK Rastogi by the tribunal expressed that consumers should not be expected to suffer due to the SMS services being affected due to this dispute. Vodafone has been asked to file a reply to this interim order within the next three weeks. Aircel has also been given two weeks to file a rejoinder.

The final hearing of this dispute between the two telecom companies will take place on January 10, 2013. Vodafone had asked Aircel to pay Rs. 40 crore as SMS termination fee, including the applicable tax for services between April 2011 and September 2012. This demand was opposed by Aircel, following which Vodafone disconnected SMS termination facility in 5 circles, making it impossible for Aircel customers to send SMSs to Vodafone numbers.

Aircel opposed this and insisted to continue paying for SMS service on “bill and keep basis” and that Vodafone’s unilateral proposal for charging 10 paise per SMS as termination fee was “illogical and arbitrary”.… Read the rest

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Vodafone Launches Chocka Naked 200GB Plan for Australia

Vodafone is going big with broadband plans with its latest ‘Chocka Naked’ 200 GB broadband plan in Australia. With this latest offering it unveiled earlier this week, the company goes on to join the large cap broadband players’ club.

The Chocka Naked plan offers 200 GB of data at a price of $105 per month – users having a Vodafone on-account mobile plan will only have to shell out $75 for this plan. They also have the option of getting the ‘double data’ plan for $40, which would give them up to 400 GB per month. Vodafone on-account customers can avail of this offer for a cost of $115.

Naked broadband technology provides ADSL internet connectivity via copper, and differs from the usual ADSL by providing customers the option of only data, and no landline/voice capabilities. Naked broadband connections are ideal for customers looking for just an internet connection, without landline facilities. Even those looking for a dedicated data line could consider opting for naked broadband connections.

All of Vodafone’s broadband plans being offered come with a free modem. If you are looking in the market for a new naked broadband plan, here are a few others that you can also consider – Orcon’s Unlimited plan at $99/month, Slingshot’s Unlimited plan at $70/month, and Naked Ultimate at $90/month.… Read the rest

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