Reliance Jio’ Sole Aim Appears to Have a Monopoly Over Everything They Do: Airtel on Apple Watch Issue

Hours back, Reliance Jio accused Bharti Airtel of violating license conditions over the Apple Watch Series 3 Cellular variant. Airtel has now hit back at Jio saying that the new entrant’s aim is to create a monopoly over everything that they do. “This is yet another frivolous complaint by a desperate operator, whose sole aim appears to have a monopoly over everything that they do. Bharti Airtel is a law-abiding and responsible operator,” said an Airtel spokesperson on Jio’s letter to Department of Telecommunications (DoT).


Furthermore, the person added that DoT was fully aware of the network architecture and functionality of the Apple Watch Series 3 on Airtel network. “The DoT was duly notified prior to the launch of Apple watch including product features, network architecture and lawful interception and we have also requested them to carry out a demonstration of the same,” he further added.

Jio’s claim was regarding the network nodes hosting. The Mukesh Ambani-led telco alleged that Airtel is hosting the network nodes which are used in the Cellular variants of the Apple Watch abroad, which could lead to lead to a security breach. “eSIM provisioning node in India and the node being used to provide Apple Watch Series 3 is currently located outside India in gross violation of license terms,” said Jio in its filing to DoT.

As per Airtel sources the only information outside of India is the e-SIM inventory, which is like any other SIM inventory data and is a practice followed by almost all global operators. There is No CDR, No KYC, or any private information outside the country. Lawful interception is within India. Apple watch does not change anything from the current physical SIM making it Soft SIM as far as security and privacy are concerned.

However, Airtel spokesperson denied such news by saying “All information relating to customers, network nodes etc. is hosted in a fully secure manner by Airtel India along with provision for lawful interception. We will be happy to share more details with the DoT as and when required.”

Reliance Jio wants DoT to punish Airtel by imposing a penalty. Jio also noted that Airtel has deliberately chosen to install a critical network element outside India. It will be interesting to see Jio’s reply to this strong statement from Airtel.

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May 14, 2018 3:48 pm 3:48 PM

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May 14, 2018 1:05 pm 1:05 PM

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May 14, 2018 9:41 am 9:41 AM

Off Topic: any one here using Dish Nxt HD stb. How is the picture quality of Dish Nxt HD. And can I recharge with only Rs.195 Full on HD Pack without recharging rs.100 the base pack.
Please Someone Help me.

May 14, 2018 11:21 pm 11:21 PM

Yes I’m using it … currently I’m in 3 Years Non stop pack @ 1279 … It costs arround 35 per month and it serves the purpose of a base pack … And you can subscribe to any of the HD addon packs with it .. incl Game on HD …Full on HD …

Answer to your query is … base pack is mandatory for subscribing to Full On HD …

May 15, 2018 8:16 am 8:16 AM

@Biswadeep how to recharge this Rs. 1279 3 years pack?

May 14, 2018 5:49 pm 5:49 PM

Yes u can, 99 base pack+ HD add-on….I remember online there is a 2 year base pack combo. With this only HD add-on is needed to view hd channels, there is no special requirement of minimum. Once check new terms post Videocon+dish I don’t know. Once check for 2 year pack. Something like 800 extra gives u 2 year 99 pack with that combo

Sunny | Lucknow
May 14, 2018 1:58 pm 1:58 PM

Picture quality is no different than the older box or other DTH services. Base pack is compulsory. I haven’t used the Rs. 100 base pack till now but for some low denomination packs they have a condition that you’ll have to subscribe to certain add-on packs. So you aren’t going to get your entertainment in Rs. 195.

May 14, 2018 1:25 pm 1:25 PM

Base pack is really needed for any add-on and dish nxt is the new box from dishtv which promise of full HD on all channels..although picture quality is good but how can they make a SD channel lookalike HD..only marketing gimmick..

May 14, 2018 6:08 pm 6:08 PM

So I have to pay hd pack 195+18% GST=230 and rs100 base pack. So total 330.
Is Tata Sky and Airtel DTH cheaper than dishtv. I only need HD channels.

May 15, 2018 7:37 pm 7:37 PM

Tata sky is dearer then all other dth service providers