Court rules against Reliance Jio’s Petition for Airtel and Ookla’s India’s Fastest Network Ad: Report

India’s high-flying telecom operator Reliance Jio, in July 2017 signed a petition against Bharti Airtel and speed test service Ookla because of multiple Airtel TV ads claimed the network as India’s fastest network. Reliance Jio had some issues with the advertisements because it believes that Airtel is not the fastest network of India, and they are indeed losing money and reputation due to the advertisements.


Today, a report from Economic Times claims that a Mumbai court has dismissed the petition of Reliance Jio on Airtel and Ookla. “In his July 27 order, metropolitan magistrate KG Paldewar said the complaint was devoid of merit as the charges brought up in it did not tantamount to a case of loss of money, defamation, conspiracy or breach of trust,” says the report.

“Ookla is an independent company and not an authority under the law; so it can give its certification using its methodology as accepted by Airtel, the court said. This certification alone “does not amount to any wrongful loss to the complainant or public at large”, it further added.

Furthermore, the publication approached both Reliance Jio and Bharti Airtel, but Jio did not respond. An Airtel spokesperson has commented on the development as “Bharti Airtel takes great pride in maintaining the highest standards of ethics and compliance.”

As said earlier, Jio signed a petition last month claiming that it has lost reputation and money because of the Airtel’s fastest network ads by Bharti Airtel. Jio also said that the act from Airtel ‘accounted to conspiracy, defamation and breach of trust, among others.’

“If complainant has found any flaws in the test methodology of No 3 (Ookla), that does not mean that certification by accused No 3 (Ookla) is apparently dishonest” or that “the award issued by the accused No 3 in favour of accused No 1 (Airtel) is collusion,” the court stated in its judgment.

Jio even accused Ookla because it tried to sell its speed test report for $120,000, but Jio denied to purchase the report. On this basis, Jio accused Ookla of selling the false data to Bharti Airtel.

The court further added that these advertisements from Bharti Airtel are just ‘marketing policy,’ to expand the operator’s business, and there’s no way it causes losses to Jio.

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August 12, 2017 9:39 am 9:39 AM

Airtel stopped giving 4G network in my area and now I can only use airtel 2G and 3G.
I will not recharge on airtel.
I will go with jio Rs 399.
Although there are data speed and call failure issues, but jio 4G has vast coverage also.

vishal khanna
August 7, 2017 5:06 pm 5:06 PM

jio just want to say we are no 1 but reality is far behind . jio speed drags after using 10 minutes so from myside jio is no 1 for first 10 minutes. . bsnl is no 1 in really cheap data traiffs

August 7, 2017 4:02 pm 4:02 PM

Doesn’t matters what ookla says… We know how avoid looted consumers by providing 1Gb 3G at 300rs for a month earlier. We know whom to trust, we are with you Jio. <3

August 7, 2017 5:36 pm 5:36 PM

Avoid looted too much. Now they will have to pay penalty for betraying too many customers.

August 7, 2017 8:03 pm 8:03 PM

Till entry of jio many of us used fradtel. Now jio gives free service and trapped customers. If they charge in future what fk u will do. Nothing.

August 8, 2017 2:38 am 2:38 AM

Jio is already a paid Service,. You need 4g phone for jio to work. Better you get 1.

It’s good that you don’t use jio bcz it’s not free. Remember people use what they want irrespective of free or paid. It’s silly to say one buy 4g phone bcz data is free.

August 8, 2017 2:28 am 2:28 AM

@venz 1st data prices gone cheap, it’s not that users are beggars or free loaders. What matters is someone offering something good, affordable and trying to take most user base into the internet world.

Now it’s Good that jio changed the rules of the game. No matter how each play, but rules changed forever. 1gb/day,2gb/day with unlimited calls exist forever….it may or can be extra 200 or even lower than present 309 with added user base and capacity. But unlimited calling and gb/ days offer exist forever.

August 8, 2017 8:38 am 8:38 AM

Let us pray jio to get such an offer forever

August 7, 2017 10:16 pm 10:16 PM

Well said bro.
But I have a doubt, if jio increase price will the other operators decrease???
They will also increase price compared to jio.
Just like what are they doing now.

August 7, 2017 9:41 pm 9:41 PM

@venz why the (****) your curious about jio’s tariff?? Your bsnl provides rocket speed 3g services rite?? Even bsnl was looting customers in the name of 3g by providing worst speeds…!!

– When commenting in public forms have some sense that your words would be visible to everyone…!!

August 8, 2017 11:25 am 11:25 AM

Everyone can easily understand the repercussion caused by u cannot be rubbed off easily. May be game changing and game setting is different. Let the ultra rocket speed may pl provide to all, not only for urselves.

August 8, 2017 1:44 pm 1:44 PM

@Venz pls check the previous bsnl forms.. How far is your network providing services..!! Nothing can be rubbed from your thoughts…!!

August 8, 2017 3:13 pm 3:13 PM

The marketing techniques not only propogated by u guys, but ur ultimate goal will never reaches its end. Today u and on another day someone will occupy the space. Its better for u to leave it instead of messing.

August 8, 2017 7:38 pm 7:38 PM

@venz Whats your aim in marketing for bsnl services…?? I know when to leave…!! You first stop your Half baked thoughts about jio… No one on TT requires that…!!

August 8, 2017 9:29 pm 9:29 PM

Let u pl give it to the people, not u or me the deciding factor. It may depends on credibility, reliability and affordibility. I am here not for bsnl but to tell the TT when something is under estimated or over projected.

August 8, 2017 9:53 pm 9:53 PM

@venz First check your loyal netwoks “credibility, reliability , affordibility and QoS rather than commenting Those terms…..!!

August 8, 2017 9:48 pm 9:48 PM

@Venz nothing is over projected on TT, Members are expressing their valuable feedback… If someone loves jio he gives his feedback in comments… Now what bothers you i cant really understand… Everytime if someone gives a comment on jio you would be the first to re-comment negative on it…!! No one on TT wants your suggestions…!! Once there was a guy and now its you…..!!

August 7, 2017 11:49 pm 11:49 PM