Airtel, Vodafone, Idea & Telenor say Jio’s predatory pricing violating tariffs rules

Top telecom operators Bharti Airtel, Vodafone, Idea Cellular along with smaller GSM telco Telenor have approached the telecom regulator, Trai, to complain that Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance Jio is violating tariff rules by offering free voice calls for life.


They have also sought clarification from the regulator on whether Jio’s free voice and data offer from September 5 till the end of the year goes against norms that set a 90-day limit for promotional plans. According to reports, the telecom regulator would examine the issues raised by these telcos and may revert within a “week to 10 days.”

“Operators have come and met 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,“ Trai chairman RS Sharma told media on Friday.

Sharma had called for the meeting after receiving letters from telcos that alleged Jio for violating tariff order. During the meeting operators alleged that Jio’s tariff is violating interconnection usage charge (IUC) tariff order and its tariffs are predatory.

According to some reports small carrier Telenor said that Jio’s predatory tariffs are hurting its business.
Bharti Airtel’s Gopal Vittal, Vodafone India chief executive Sunil Sood , Idea Cellular’s Himanshu Kapania and Pankaj Sharma, chief corporate affairs officer of Norwegian firm Telenor India, met Sharma. There was no representation from Jio.

After the meeting, Sood said that a common letter has been submitted and the TTO (Telecommunication Tariff Order) was discussed today. “Trai chairman said that he will examine the Jio tariff and look into the matter soon and get back to us,” he added.

Sharma also informed that the regulator has sought daily congestion reports from the incumbent service providers from September 19 onwards.

The regulator had earlier issued show cause notices to telcos after reviewing operator-wise data from September 15-19. It had said that telcos were prima facie found to be violating licence conditions related to interconnection and quality of service norms.

Reliance Jio and incumbent operators have been locking horns over issues like points of interconnection, IUC, call termination charges, and MNP.

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October 3, 2016 3:27 pm 3:27 PM

Jio Must be taken to court by National human rights commission for making people stand in the hot sun for hours. Their system is so crippled that the servers becomes down after 2 hours. Not enough SIMs, delayed activations and throttling speeds. They are not entitled for a full commercial operation by any standards.

Naveen Bachu
October 3, 2016 11:02 am 11:02 AM

AVOID PLEASE FIRST FULLFILL YOUR OBLIGATIONS of QOS, then fight any court… Or get suspended by TRAI… DIRTY GAMES by Incumbents…

Aviral Singh
October 3, 2016 7:53 am 7:53 AM
This airtel is such a stupid telecommunication service which has all the plans tht cannot be consuned by a student. Their rates are touching yhe sky wid stupidity and a common man cannot bear these charges. Everything is too damm costly. I wanna say to Jio that you are a revolution to these other competitors, you are the change, and you are the best. And others are no where in the league to compete with you man. Mr. Mukesh ambani we all are proud of having a person like you as our citizen. You are in our hearts jist like… Read more »
October 3, 2016 10:06 am 10:06 AM

TBH Vodafone often has good plans for students, as does Airtel, its just they these plans are very painful for a normal guy to find. But sincerely yes, in general Airtel is way too costlyfor lower middle class people like me. For me, currently only RCom and Tata Docomo offer cheap plans with consideration for frequent roaming (Aircel isn’t very widepsread in MPCG).