CCI Dismisses Bharti Airtel’s Anti-Competitive Practices Complaint Against Reliance Jio

Competition Commission of India (CCI) today dismissed all the claims made by Bharti Airtel against Reliance Jio. Airtel has accused Reliance Jio and its parent company Reliance Industries for anti-competitive practices. The CCI today responded as ‘no case could be made out against the Mukesh Ambani-led firms.’

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“The Competition Commission of India (CCI) also said that Bharti Airtel has made “contradictory submissions of the impugned free services” of Jio as being an outcome of leverage of dominant position by parent Reliance Industries as well as an outcome of alleged anti-competitive agreement between the two group firms,” says a report from Press Trust of India (PTI).

While rejecting the complaint made by Airtel, the CCI in a 17-page order said that Airtel had not given any “plausible explanation as to how Jio’s free services was an outcome of the unilateral conduct of Reliance Industries as well as an anti- competitive agreement between RIL and Jio.”

If you recall, a few weeks ago, CCI has ordered a detailed probe into the conduct of leading telecom operators including Bharti Airtel for raising unnecessary claims against Reliance Jio.

The CCI, in today’s order, said: “Jio’s conduct has not been found as prima facie contravening the provisions of the (Competition) Act prohibiting unfair pricing including predatory pricing”.

The regulator also insisted that it’s unfair to held RIL in contravention of the competition laws just because it’s the parent company Jio. “Mere investments cannot be regarded as leverage of dominant position, particularly when RIL itself is not engaged in the business of providing telecom services or any activities incidental thereto,” cited the report.

“If one were to construe such investment as anti- competitive, the same would deter entry and/or expansion and limit the growth of markets,” the CCI said.

For the uninitiated, in February 2017, Bharti Airtel moved to CCI against Reliance Jio claiming for introducing anti-competitive offers one after the other. “Such short-term business strategy of an entrant to penetrate the market and establish its identity cannot be considered to be anti-competitive in nature and as such cannot be a subject matter of investigation under the Act,” concluded the CCI.

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Girish Gowda
June 11, 2017 10:22 am 10:22 AM

Cartel wants to loot India by blaming jio. CCI says no more looting. Simple.

KEVIN
June 10, 2017 11:04 pm 11:04 PM

I WANT TO ASK IDEA AND ITS CARTEL FRIENDS VODAFONE AND AIRTEL JUST ONE SIMPLE QUESTION – WHEN THERE ARE NO PREMIUM OR ADDITIONAL ROAMING CHARGES FOR DATA, THEN WHY ARE THEY THERE FOR VOICE AND SMS… ALL OF WHICH RUN AND USE THE SAME EXACT SAME NETWORK/SPECTRUM!!! THIS CLEARLY PROVES THE CARTEL’S FRAUD.

Indiana
June 11, 2017 12:52 pm 12:52 PM

Awesome question bro! Avoid cartel should answer this, but they will not, because they can’t expose themselves!

ROGI
June 10, 2017 1:36 pm 1:36 PM

AIRTEL VODAFONE AND IDEA SHOULD BE PENALIZED FOR LOOTING CUSTOMERS FOR 1Gb OF 3G Data for more than 5Yrs. When Jio launched, all operators started following temporary plans followed by jio.

Kevin Blore
June 10, 2017 4:26 pm 4:26 PM

Correct agreed

Krrish
June 10, 2017 6:23 pm 6:23 PM

3G was costly because of spectrum cost was humongous due to auction( how many companies bid for 3G ) and Govt of India artificially created spectrum shortage for 3G …. in comparison how many bid for 4G .

After National Telecom Policy 2012 many things changed

telecom sector is still reeling because of that very auction in 2010 . What Jio is offering being offered ny All other surviving operators though they are culprits for not for seeing future and not expanding

Sandy
June 11, 2017 12:24 pm 12:24 PM

Charge 250, but instead of 1gb they could have given 5Gb if they would have thought of optimising network rather than looting customers.

Girish Gowda
June 11, 2017 10:11 am 10:11 AM

Somewhat true. Their greed and Congress’ dedication to loot and destroy the country made them to charge 250-300rs per GB.

N KANAGADEEPAN, SIVAKASI (T.N.)
June 11, 2017 12:23 am 12:23 AM

@Krrish not fully correct bro.. In fact the MOST costly 3G auction circles are Mumbai and Delhi. But the AVoId group has recovered them first, comparing other circles (all circles’ 3G spectrum cost are recovered by AVoId group fyi).

Arena
June 10, 2017 11:07 pm 11:07 PM

Did airtel tell you….Costly 3g spectrum made 295/GB ?

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