The regulator also said that telecom operators will have to provide services to all subscribers availing the same tariff plan in a non-discriminatory manner.
IPRS sent notices to carriers including Bharti Airtel, Vodafone India, Idea Cellular and Reliance Jio Infocomm last month to sign licensing agreements with them for collecting royalties.
In its petition, ATC said RCom’s responses to its demand to pay the dues were “evasive/non-committal”, indicating a “mala-fide intent” to avoid the payment.
India is the first market outside of China, where Xiaomi has introduced its televisions.
These products are currently imported without any levy. Imported mobile handsets such as the latest iPhones have become costlier after the February 1 budget raised customs duty on the devices to 20% from 15%.
The project aims to protect consumer interest, curtail counterfeits, discourage mobile phone theft, help detect cloning of phones and allow lawful interception.
Recommendations from the inter-ministerial group to improve the health of the sector, approved by the TC a month ago, would be taken to the Cabinet in the next couple of weeks.
India's big 3 telcos are working with handset companies to make 4G smartphones drastically cheaper than feature phones and offer them with bundled plans.
Lawyers present in the court said that Aircel sought a week's time for filing a rejoinder in the matter, and a few weeks more have been granted by the court for the opposing parties to file counters.
The iPhone hike came after the government increased import duty on mobile phones to 20% from 15% in the Budget. The increase is effective from today.
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