The tussle between Anil Ambani group firm RCOM and other GSM operators over interconnectivity is likely to get tougher in the coming days with COAI planning to move sectoral tribunal TDSAT on August 21 on the issue.
On August 14, regulator Trai had asked GSM players Idea Cellular, BPL, Voadafone Essar and Bharti Airtel to interconnect with RCom by August 21. It has also asked state-run BSNL to link up with RCOM but the PSU is not a part of the COAI petition.
A COAI official said the association is readying documents and would file the petition with TDSAT by August 21. COAI director general T V Ramachandran had earlier said, "We are certainly examining legal option and will take a call on this on Tuesday".
Trai, in the second ultimatum to GSM operators, including Bharti, Vodafone, Idea Cellular and BSNL, has given August 21 as the deadline to give interconnections to the RCOM GSM network.
Trai has cited it as a licencing condition for serice providers to provide interconnection to other players, implying if a mobile operator does not give interconnection to another based on mutual commercial agreement, it is a violation of licence condition attracting penalty.
GSM operators on their part said, Reliance GSM has a new network for which commercial term has to be re-negotiated. The existing arrangement between RCOM and GSM operators are for the CDMA network.
On August 4, Trai had directed GSM players to offer interconnection to RCom by opening up their network to the mobile switching code. GSM operators denied interconnectivity to Anil Ambani's RCOM on the ground that the interconnect agreement with Reliance was limited to providing links for its CDMA network.
They have asked RCOM to renegotiate fresh commercial terms for interconnection to its GSM network. Meanwhile, the Trai rejected any contention for renegotiation.