Exclusive: Jio’s pricing is unlawful, in the opinion of Airtel, Vodafone, Idea, and Telenor.

Telecom providers complain to Trai about Jio’s free voice and data offer.

Top telecom service providers Bharti Airtel, Vodafone, and Idea Cellular, as well as more modest GSM carrier Telenor, have filed complaints with the telecom watchdog Trai regarding Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance Jio for allegedly violating tariff rules by offering limitless free phone calls.

They have also requested clarification from the regulator over whether Jio’s free voice and data offer, which is effective from September 5 till the end of the year, is in compliance with regulations that restrict promotional offers to a 90-day period. According to reports, the telecom regulator will investigate the issues raised by these providers and will reply within a “week to 10 days.”

On Friday, RS Sharma, the chairman of the Trai, issued the following statement to the media: “Operators have come and met with us and in continuation with the letter they have submitted earlier, raised the interconnection usage charges (IUC), predatory and non-discriminatory pricing, and other issues.”

Sharma called the meeting after hearing accusations from telecommunications that Jio had violated pricing orders. At the meeting, operators voiced their displeasure over Jio’s exploitative pricing and alleged violations of the interconnection usage charge (IUC) tariff law.

According to certain sources, Telenor, a small carrier, is suffering from Jio’s aggressive charges.
Sunil Sood, Himanshu Kapania from Idea Cellular, Gopal Vittal from Bharti Airtel, and Pankaj Sharma, chief corporate affairs officer of Telenor India, all met with Sharma. No one from Jio was dispatched.

The participants, according to Sood, were aware of the TTO (Telecom Tariff Regulation) and had all submitted the identical letter. President Trai promised to look at the situation, consider Jio’s pricing, and get in touch with us shortly, the source continued.

Sharma added that the regulator began requesting daily congestion statistics from the reputable service providers on September 19.

The regulator has already written show-cause letters to telecommunications after looking at operator-specific data from September 15–19. It had claimed that there had been a presumptive case of telecoms violating licensing criteria for connectivity and quality of service standards.

Reliance Jio and established carriers have been at odds over call termination costs, MNP, sites of interconnection, and IUC.

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Written by Shallu Srivastav

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