Airtel slams Trai for allowing Jio to continue with promotional offers, files affidavit with TDSAT

Bharti Airtel, India’s leading telecom operator has reportedly filed an affidavit with the telecom tribunal, the Telecom Disputes Settlement Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT ) , slamming the Trai for allowing Reliance Jio to break rules around anti-competitive promotional offers.

According to media reports, Airtel has also alleged that the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) is “perpetuating illegality” by allowing the 4G entrant to game the interconnect regime by allowing Jio to offer free voice and data services.

In the affidavit, Airtel said that the ‘free services’ being offered by the said TSP are ex-facie predatory as they have been introduced solely to drive out competition rather than encourage it.

“The free voice services, given that they are being offered at below the IUC fixed by TRAI itself, are intended solely to drive out competition,” it said.


The telco added, “Trai has failed to even deal with the aspect as to how can unlimited free voice services be offered against its own tariff orders and regulations, wherein it has been repeatedly stated that IUC of 14 paisa will serve as the floor,” it added.

A couple of weeks back, Bharti Airtel had filed a plea with the TDSAT, urging it to direct the Trai to stop Reliance Jio from continuing to offer free data and voice services which it alleged were predatory as they were being offered at below the set interconnect charge.

Airtel had then alleged Jio was offering free services beyond the permitted 90-day period and that Trai had been a mute spectator to it.

The interconnect charge is currently set at 14 paise a minute and is the floor for retail tariffs, as per the regulator’s rules.

“Such gaming of the IUC regime is detrimental to consumer interest as it leads to uninformed decision making by the consumer in the wake of an unstable regulatory tariff regime,” Airtel then said. Following this, the regulator sought additional time from TDSAT to look into Jio’s latest promotional tariff plan, Happy New Year.

The matter will now come up for hearing on February 1, reports added.

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Desh Ka Gabru
January 13, 2017 12:13 am 12:13 AM

Cry Baby ChorTel Bu Hu 😀
Apne Service Thik Kro Phle Ek Area Mein 4G Tower Laga Diya AUr Paper Mein Chaap Diya Launched In Blah Blah Blah City/State 😛

January 12, 2017 12:46 pm 12:46 PM
Jio has done mistake on its part on Dec 5 by extending offer till March. For older customers, they should have started charging and kept the new 90 days offer to new users only as whosoever took new sim will get 90 days but I think they allowed older ones so as to stop multiple sims. They can have started charging Rs.100 or 150 or even Rs.200 for unlimited data and calls with FUP of 500MB/1GB data and 500 mins per day with 20 SMS. SInce I bought Jio my calling has not been even near to normal when I… Read more »
January 12, 2017 12:11 pm 12:11 PM
Now all my family and friends are using Jio and Jio to Jio connection is so clear and having HD quality and that too instant connection so no issue of other telecom providers blocking the calls also. Will be soon porting our permanent number to Jio as I use it only for incoming calls these days. World class network technology and awesome coverage. VOLTE rocks. Airtel stop crying provide better network and lower your rates if you really care about the customers. They are just sad that they cant loot their customers anymore. Even the paid tariffs of Jio are… Read more »
January 12, 2017 3:10 pm 3:10 PM

lolz, dont think of it, HD call will be diff also have problems, when yo u have 2 or 3 bars you cant call anyone, you need to have 4 or 5 bars, you will face till next 4 to 6 years, still quality is worst, call drops problems, bandwidth will choke depend on volte operator, if HD call will work, internet speed will choke, problems already started, need bandwidth more for HD calls, in karnataka we are facing calls, when we are in conversation, sometime cant able to hear opposite voice, need signal strength,

January 12, 2017 4:31 pm 4:31 PM

What are you saying? I am also from Karnataka and Jio to Jio calls are very clear even in 1 bar but for Jio to others it should be more than 3 bars to speak properly. Only thing which is proper now in Jio Karnataka is Jio to Jio calls.

January 12, 2017 5:13 am 5:13 AM

Why Airtel is bothering about free calls of Jio? Airtel should start giving free 4G to all it’s paid subscribers. This will increase it’s earnings substantially.

PS: Inspite of being pioneers in mobile telecom business in India, Airtel doesn’t have even 3G coverage as good as Jio’s 4G only coverage. It only wants to loot from its customers.

January 12, 2017 1:38 am 1:38 AM

Jio may again extend the offer from 01st April 2017 by saying it as Tamil New Year (14th April) offer !!!. Rofl.

January 12, 2017 1:57 pm 1:57 PM


January 11, 2017 10:09 pm 10:09 PM
This is called “Ulta chor kotwal ko dante” ( pot calls the kettle black). Only airtel has potential to competitate with Jio provided that they work on there copper line to fiber line(see how even telenor has optimised there network with decent speed on narrow band) and coming future load rather then crying and limiting people to use there limited data. Time is passing technology is changing from voice to data . Stop being a crying baby and start investing more for future and be profitable in long run with Jio. Its airtel itself stoping digitazation and newer technology in… Read more »
bharat khanna
January 11, 2017 8:18 pm 8:18 PM

I don’t see why Airtel is worried so much, These are the same ambani’s that started RCOM CDMA, and its fate will be same as RCOM’s.

January 12, 2017 2:35 pm 2:35 PM

Rcom lost for Anil Ambani mistake. Mukesh Ambani made rcom good, I remember using it. I used to pay Rs300+, but Anil Ambani didn’t do any good move. Airtel did the same mistake which rcom under Anil Ambani did. So by that logic Airtel is trying to cut the throat of its golden hen like rcom. Instead of taking care of customers rcom looted like airtel in past & it sunk. Airtel will meet same fate as of rcom. Any company not caring its customers will sink.

January 12, 2017 2:19 am 2:19 AM

Your logic sucks.

bharat khanna
January 12, 2017 9:39 am 9:39 AM

Haha, How, Same free services at start so following the same path. Enjoy the freebies and say bye!

Akash Saha
January 11, 2017 8:09 pm 8:09 PM

Today Received 3GB of Data in Family Plan 399 which is shareable with “Mom” number really satisfied with the Airtel, but the network requires more improvement, since call drop has increased drastically.
This is where i get good quality of voice call in JIO, though i would have to try 4 to 5 times before call gets connected.
Ok for me its free.
Before i Would have to shell out Rs. 900/- pm for my mother and mine number its half in today scenario.
in all its the customer who are winning in the war

January 11, 2017 7:32 pm 7:32 PM

Serves Airtel right, as it has been extorting customers with ridiculous data charges earlier , good move by Jio that stopped Airtel’s exploitation. Thanks to JIO for providing people friendly services.

January 12, 2017 2:37 pm 2:37 PM

Airtel will be punished by customers.

Airtel Lover
January 11, 2017 10:00 pm 10:00 PM


January 11, 2017 7:20 pm 7:20 PM

Airtel should have been solved there own problem 1st…. Simple line for Airtel “Behavior is mirror which is shows real image”

Airel girl 4G coverage @ mountain, forest but not in city or villages in Maharashtra only few city have Airtel 4G…..however Jio 4G alrady reached to small town and village…

Faketel change your vision and attitude towards the customer, Jio haven’t challenged to Top Three and start working to improve networks and custormer services

Finally what Jio is doning “meaning full silences is batter than meaning less word”

Hope faketel will understand there mistakes and stand. customer are noticing everything.

January 12, 2017 2:37 pm 2:37 PM

I agree with you.

January 12, 2017 7:50 pm 7:50 PM

Finally I m jii employee and most important Jio is not paying for comment.
Hahahah Thanks duane

Airtel Lover
January 11, 2017 10:00 pm 10:00 PM


January 12, 2017 7:51 pm 7:51 PM

Thanks Airtel Lover it’s shocking comment for me

Airtel Lover
January 13, 2017 4:26 am 4:26 AM

I am the first Airtel Lover on TT. I agree, Airtel should mend it’s ways. Jio is doing great.
But I protest the use of same name by other impersonators.


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