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

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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.