Bharti Airtel Chairman Sunil Mittal interconnection “becomes unnecessarily a big issue”

Bharti Airtel Chairman Sunil Bharti Mittal assured Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance Jio that the ongoing Point of Interconnect (PoIs) issue will be resolved within few weeks, even as the 4G entrant claimed “all talk- no action on augmentation in operational interconnection capacity in last 15 days.


Mittal’s comments comes after the telecom regulator, Trai, took a strict view of ongoing spat between Reliance Jio and top telcos- Bharti Airtel, Vodafone and Idea Cellular.

In an interaction with ET Now, Mittal however claimed that the point of interconnect was a non-existent issue, and it has suddenly become unnecessarily a big issue. “I have told my team and sent messages to Mukesh (Ambani) and his team. Let’s ignore and resolve this. Every passing day and every passing week this will get resolved,” he added.

Reliance Jio, which made a big bang entry into the sector offering free voice calls and data at rock-bottom price, has been accusing top telcos for not providing adequate interconnection points, which it said was leading to around 10 crore call failures on a daily basis.

Trai yesterday said it will take action against telecom operators if found guilty for compromising on service quality.

“You have to keep in mind 5th September was their commercial launch. 2000 PoIs have been provided and more are being provided. You can’t judge this industry in 10 days time…. It (Jio’s 4G service) was all India launch at one go. It’s a size and scale that is very big. It’s also a fact that the launch was free voice and four months of free data…We have a asymmetric traffic of 10 times to 1. We have to manage our own networks. We have to ensure that quality of service of my customers is not going down,” Mittal said.

In a separate interview to media, Mittal claimed that Bharti Airtel was well placed to take it on Reliance Jio, given its strong execution over the years, customer focus and spectrum footprint, but accepted Jio as a tough competitor.

Downplaying Jio’s disruptive free voice and data tariffs, Mittal said that bundled tariff plans would be the norm for the industry with protecting average revenue per user (ARPU) the main focus of telcos in India. He added that voice business will decline going forward and data will be the growth driver.

He however is hoping that the regulator will look into free services being offered by Jio under the commercial launch for four month. “Let this period pass through and I hope Trai will look in to this aspect of predatory pricing and we have already requested to Trai to look in to it,” he said.

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Airtel to gio (hindi me)
September 21, 2016 11:47 pm 11:47 PM

I use airtel corporate 299.
I sent a port out sms to airtel.
So airtel called me and offer me
100 rupees discount on my existing plan.
Or convert my plan @Rs 99 with 25 rupees bill discount. Also offer @Rs. 49 plan. They just beg to me plz don’t port out the no.
Finally I leave airtel. Emergency call on open road. 3G Like 0000000000000000000000000000000000000000000.5G

September 23, 2016 11:13 am 11:13 AM

You should have taken the discounted plans and have waited till Jio’s services get stabilized (if its your primary number).

September 22, 2016 12:33 pm 12:33 PM

good. Reliance GSM wale too ghar par bhi aate hai..Porting ka sms daalne par…I faced RCOM Portout.

Himanshu Jangid
September 21, 2016 5:31 pm 5:31 PM

What’s this, should I recharge if I don’t have a jio sim.

September 21, 2016 5:45 pm 5:45 PM

You will get 15Gb for three months….if you hai 4G handset

September 21, 2016 5:39 pm 5:39 PM

Witch circle you are ?? U get this msg on my airtel app

Himanshu Jangid
September 21, 2016 6:23 pm 6:23 PM

Yep on airtel app but they aren’t mentioned data quota
I am delhi airtel user

September 22, 2016 3:53 pm 3:53 PM

It’s 30GB post 64kbps. Check T&C

September 21, 2016 2:15 pm 2:15 PM

Gujaratis are great at business men, but low on ethics, so be Mukesh Ambani and Adani.

Business should be for service and well being, not just profits.

Personal experience, no abuses please.

September 23, 2016 5:14 pm 5:14 PM

Ego and love, blinds you. You willl never be able to see or accept truth, since we all are ethically bankrupt or too selfish…. Or may be idiot.

I have tasted a discussion here.

By the way, those of you have advocated respect to a community…. Should first follow it… And not just preach it….

Sunny | Lucknow
September 23, 2016 6:21 pm 6:21 PM

Wow this guy should be a painter cuz he paints everyone with the same brush very well, lol. Now we all are ethically bankrupt, selfish and idiots because he says so :/

By the way a Gujarati industrialist has adopted 17 kids of various army martyrs.

September 21, 2016 9:27 pm 9:27 PM

Pls don’t we comment on community

Sanjit Roy, Thakurnagar, wb
September 21, 2016 8:10 pm 8:10 PM

R you a business man? What business you do? Ek business empire toh khara karo phir baat karo, Jo business nehi kar pate woh dusro ke business se kamaye huye paisa se jalte hai woh bahot zyada bolte hai, ek baat sunno Pakistani log Indians ko hindu baniya bolke gali dete hai pata hai kyuin? Kyuin ki pakistani log indians ki tarha business nehi kar pate aur ander hi ander jal jate, woh karte hai bari bari batein par bhikh mang ke khate

Sunny | Lucknow
September 21, 2016 2:40 pm 2:40 PM

Generalized and defamed an entire community and still is shameless enough to say “no abuses please”, lol.

Sunny | Lucknow
September 21, 2016 3:41 pm 3:41 PM

LOL, cite the comment please. I have no reason to abuse my own countrymen for nothing.

Using your own name today? Core didn’t work? 😛

September 21, 2016 5:27 pm 5:27 PM

You didn’t abuse, but you’ve some kind of bias against Tamils, that’s for sure.
And I don’t use more than one email or name on TT. :-/

Sunny | Lucknow
September 21, 2016 6:15 pm 6:15 PM
Hahaha nice drawing skills. So I was right when I said I didn’t abuse anyone and you stand corrected. What you call bias is your interpretation which might be subjective and clouded by your immense love for me. I just stated a fact. Even I’ve been called names by Sudhakar for using Hindi here but it doesn’t matter to me as I avoid negativity and divisiveness. I never object anyone using their language here cuz why should I? I just enjoy the diversity of our country and expect others to do the same. Dividing people over languages is a very… Read more »
September 21, 2016 9:13 pm 9:13 PM
What you said to Abi was a biased interpretation too, which might be subjective and clouded by your immense love for Ambanis and Adanis. I see his comment as innocuous one. It doesn’t mean that I think Gujaratis have no business ethics. In business, NO ONE has ethics. If he thinks Gujaratis have a little bit less of it, then it is his interpretation based on his personal experience, like he said. >>Even I’ve been called names by Sudhakar for using Hindi here but it doesn’t matter to me as I avoid negativity and divisiveness.<< Did you mean to say… Read more »
Sunny | Lucknow
September 22, 2016 12:02 am 12:02 AM
You just keep projecting your own thinking on others. I can’t do much about that, perhaps a psychiatrist or psychologist could help you out. Ambanis/Adanis aren’t my relatives so I don’t really care. You just have too many double standards and your moral standards are questionable. This guy clearly insulted all Gujaratis based on one experience which is unfair. No point defending such people as it only reflects badly on you. Good and bad people exist everywhere. He’s not being subjective but sweeping. Far from being innocuous. Yes mods have to ban Sudhakar from time to time, can’t be for… Read more »
ravi lucknow upe
September 21, 2016 7:42 pm 7:42 PM

munnu this is for u …..

Girish Gowda
September 21, 2016 5:51 pm 5:51 PM

Why exactly should the south accept hindi when we have far older and beautiful languages ourselves (Kannada, Tamil, Telugu, etc)? TN did the right thing by fighting against hindi imposition.

September 21, 2016 9:33 pm 9:33 PM


September 21, 2016 8:53 pm 8:53 PM

Cause its the NATIONAL LANGUAGE and here in Hyderabad (which is very much South) people speak it as much as Telugu OR English, thats why!

>> Why exactly should the south accept hindi

Sunny | Lucknow
September 21, 2016 6:28 pm 6:28 PM
Hindi was never ‘imposed’ in the first place. That’s what politicians and ‘intellectuals’ told people. Like Munnu mentioned Hitler’s Big Lie theory earlier. Chinese also used to fight over languages at one time, to preserve national unity their government mandated Mandarin to be the central unifying language and they stopped fighting amongst themselves. Indonesia had the same problem but their govt. came up with Bahasa Indonesia which was mix of various languages used in Indonesia. Same happened in a lot of countries. These nations were lucky enough to have sensible leaders who actually realized that until people keep fighting over… Read more »
Girish Gowda
September 21, 2016 7:20 pm 7:20 PM
Lies? You have obviously never lived or studied in South Indian schools in the decades past. It was a very real threat by the center to make hindi mandatory in the south. Even today you cannot really live without learning tamil in Chennai. Btw not everyone is a dunce just to blindly believe everything told by a politician or media. People accept English because it doesn’t have anyone in India thumping his/her chest and falsely proclaiming it to be the national language and enraging other language people in their own homes (Just accept it, most hindi people blindly believe hindi… Read more »
September 21, 2016 9:35 pm 9:35 PM

Absolutely true bro

September 22, 2016 2:12 am 2:12 AM
I am simply not understanding the presence of such acrimony in the minds of “so called” educated and sensible people. It is not a question of imposition, acceptance, north or south. It is a simple thing that Hindi is India’s national language. Whether a class of narrow minded people accepts it or not does not matter at all. English has been internationally accepted as standard language. If you know English, you can atleast communicate anywhere in the world. Similarly, Hindi happens to be standard across India. I m from Bengal, and I m proud to say that Hindi is our… Read more »
Girish Gowda
September 22, 2016 3:43 pm 3:43 PM