Airtel, Vodafone Idea, Jio suspend mobile services in several Delhi areas

msreddyDecember 21, 2019

Bharti Airtel has suspended its mobile services, including voice and internet, in many parts of Delhi following a government directive on Monday in the wake of expected protests in the capital.

Bharti Airtel, Vodafone Idea and Reliance Jio suspended their mobile services, including voice and internet, in many parts of Delhi following a government directive on Monday in the wake of protests in the capital.

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According to a Delhi Police directive, voice, SMS and internet was asked to be shut in walled city areas of North and Central districts, Mandi House, Seelampur, Jaffarbad, Mustafabad, Jamia Nagar, Shaeen Bagh and Bawana between 9 AM to 1 PM.

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Sources told ET that Vodafone Idea and Reliance Jio had also suspended their services in parts of Delhi between 9 AM to 1 PM.

Sources that services have mostly been resumed in the effected parts now.

Bharti Airtel Chairman Sunil Mittal told reporters said that the company had complied with a government directive in this regard. “There is a government order and we are just following it”.

Earlier in the day, an Airtel customer care executive said, “As per instructions from govt. authorities, voice, internet and SMS services are currently suspended in your location. Once the suspension orders are lifted, our services will be fully up and running”.

“There is planned outage scheduled as per government directive. This will be rectified as soon as we receive the next directive from the authority,” Vodafone from its official Twitter handle tweeted in response to a query on outage.

The three telcos didn’t immediately respond to ET’s queries.

As per reports, there have been over 350 internet shutdowns in India since 2014.

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