Vodafone India has been hit with a 100 crore (US$17.2 million) fine by the Department of Telecoms after it was found to have offered Subscriber Local Dialling (SLD) services between 2003 and 2005.
The company has been fined the maximum allowed for the breaches — of 50 crore per circle affected, after the company offered the service in Mumbai and Delhi.
The facility that Vodafone is alleged to have offered allows roaming customers to be on the local network and thereby avoid paying roaming charges and a levy that was imposed on long-distance calls.
The issue took place before Vodafone’s 2007 purchase of its stake in the company, when it was majority owned by Hutchison Telecom.
The company had been ordered to stop offering the facility in June 2003, but reportedly carried on offering it until 2005.