“It’s time an umpire steps in and says it is an LBW or not,” says COAI Rajan S. Mathews

By August 13th, 2016 AT 4:41 PM

The spat between Reliance Jio and the industry body Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI) has heightened to the next level with Rajan S. Mathews, the director general of COAI said it’s waiting for an “umpire” to step in to resolve the issue, reports Financial Express.


“It’s time an umpire steps in and says it is an LBW or not,” Rajan S. Mathews, director general of COAI. “The balance of trade is not in our favor”, he said. According to Mathews, the association would wait for clarity on parameters such as time period, subscribers, and usage for test services by new operators from the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) to take further steps ahead.

Few days prior, COAI pointed out to DoT that Reliance Jio is offering full-fledged services under the guise of “test” connections. The body blamed Jio for surpassing the regulation.

Subsequently, Mukesh Ambani, the head of Reliance Jio Infocomm (RJIL) accused COAI of sabotaging its entry into the market as well as for maligning its name. He pointed out in a letter to the Telecom Secretary J. S. Deepak and Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) Chairman R. S. Sharma that the other telecom operators were not providing it adequate access points, or points of interconnection (PoIs), to terminate its calls/data, which result in delaying its commercial launch.

According to COAI, Jio’s already augmented PoIs was getting blocked due to the volume of voice traffic generated by the free offers of Jio.

“If you are going after my customer, and offering MNP and soliciting things and sending SIM cards with freebies. You can’t have a quote unquote trial period for 6 months. It is looking pretty much commercial launch to us,” Economic Times quoted COAI’s director general Rajan S. Mathews.

“Invariably when you want to test connections, you don’t have to pump 1.5 million people who generate huge traffic for more than three months,” he said.

The communications minister Manoj Sinha made it clear that the Ministry has no division between new entrants and incumbents. The Minister along with DoT secretary J. S. Deepak discussed with CEOs of telecom operators, including Bharti Airtel, Vodafone India, and Idea Cellular to solve the issue.

In the issue, a major hurdle is the interconnect usage charges (the fee that each operator pays to another for connecting calls between two subscribers). Currently, a consultation paper floats on this matter. TRAI has welcomed the views on reviewing the charges. If reduced, this would hurt the incumbents as they will have to terminate more incoming calls without a fee.

“It (Reducing IUC) hurts the operators’ plans for bidding as it aims to take away a major chunk of their revenue. The four top operators overall get IUC of about R17,000-R18,000 crore, which in net terms is about R8,000 crore”, Mathews said.

For the time being, Minister Sinha will seek clarification from Reliance Jio on the time period of their trial and the protocol it follows in testing.

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Reliance has a very poor track record of customer service, particularly with respect to balance dedection. No doubt they make money by deducting balance and activating unauthorized VAS services. Like others, even I had kept high hopes on Jio expecting it will rescue us from AVoId and Reliance. But now, with Jio’s failure to launch it’s services in time is making me skeptical of its credibility. It is giving me a hunch that it might turn out to be another Reliance. It is creating such a huge and expensive infrastructure, I doubt if at all things will be so cheap… Read more »


Voice call drops are only because of AVoId. They are blocking calls.

Also Jio is the worlds largest end to end IP network. You should be proud of that. Also largest VoLTE network in the world.

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Santanu Sarkar

Will the “largest” tag help if it does not launch commercially or do not offer affordable prices in the long run? Indoor coverage is still an issue with Jio. How long does it take to set up the infrastructure? Now it is making no sense whatsoever. Where is 15th Aug launch? Till now, I have not seen even a small advertisement which hints towards a potential launch. Every announcement of launch dates are failing. Public now understands that this is a tactical game they are playing to keep things going on their favour. If they are such a great company,… Read more »


Tell us a launch date which is failed which was announced officially by company?


Do not trust any news coming from credit rating agency talking about jio launch, they have no confirmation from any source it is just their speculations. Really they are making nonsense news. Jio people never respond to such ridiculous rumours.


I am unable to connect airtel from jio. Airtel is blocking all calls it seems. Pathetic. Jio too is not launching its services. Though I am not complaining if freebies continue. However airtel is pathetic.


Oh. They are going nuts just because people have stopped recharging these incumbents operators nos. *Who is stopping you retards ? Start selling a fu**ing 4G smartphone with unlimited benefits to test ur 4G network. *this cartel is destroying the whole telecom sector man and showing the true face of corporates. *They be saying that PoI’s are not enough just because the amount of voice traffic being generated, lol man like really you can’t even handle the incoming traffic and showing people the f**king smartphone network, premium network and so on and forth adverts all day long on National TV’s.… Read more »


Well done Mack

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