Vodafone India has approached the Supreme Court seeking access to the cost model used by the telecom regulator to calculate how much one operator must pay another to connect calls between their networks.
Vodafone has filed a plea in the apex court contesting a Delhi High Court order that denied its request in the matter a few weeks ago, according to two people aware of the development.
“A petition has been filed in the Supreme Court against the division bench order of the high court,” one person said. The plea, filed on Saturday, is likely to be heard on October 4-5, after the apex court reopens, the second person said. Vodafone didn’t respond to an emailed query.
The matter is related to the interconnection usage charge (IUC) paid by the network from where a call originates to the operator where it is received. The charge is decided by the telecom regulatory authority of India.
Vodafone’s appeal stated that Trai must ensure transparency in the process and that the division bench had ‘erred in holding that the telco does not have a vested legal right to the information sought,’ one of the people said.
As carried TET on 25.9.17