File preliminary responses on Reliance Jio’s complaint by Jan 31: CCI to top telcos

Acting on Reliance Jio’s complaint that top telcos formed a cartel to jeopardize its entry by denying it adequate points of interconnection (PoIs), the Competition Commission of India has now asked Bharti Airtel, Idea Cellular and Vodafone India to file preliminary responses by January 31, according to media report.


These telcos have been asked to file responses on a number of complaints filed at the commission, including forming a cartel and deliberately providing poor-quality service.

The Competition Commission will reportedly hold a consultation on the matter to understand the responses of all sides. “The commission has sought the responses by February and the hearing for the matter is in March,” a person was quoted as saying by the Economic Times.

The Mukesh Ambani-led telco, Reliance Jio, had earlier filed a formal complaint in November under Section 19(1) for an inquiry.

“A complaint filed under Section 19 (1) allows CCI to inquire into any alleged contravention of anti-competitive agreements or abuse of dominant position in the market. As a next step, the CCI will order an investigation under Section 26 of the Competition Act and it may close the matter if it does not find anything anti-competitive. However, if the investigation finds violation of Competition Act rules, it will pass an order under Section 27,” ET reported.

Notably, Bharti Airtel and Idea Cellular, the first and third largest telecom operators in India have already moved telecom dispute tribunal, the Telecom Disputes Settlement Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT) against the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) allowing Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance Jio to continue free promotional offer beyond stipulated 90 days.

Both Idea Cellular and Bharti Airtel alleged that Reliance Jio should have discontinued its free voice and data offers by December 3. According to these telcos incumbents, December 3 was the last day for the period of 90 days for which any operator may dole out a promotional offer which started September 5.

Vodafone, the second largest telco, also moved to the Delhi High Court against the penalties recommended by the Trai .

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January 22, 2017 6:59 pm 6:59 PM

Being Sunday I wanted to watch YouTube video regarding jallikattu protests, but videos were buffering I had to close the video in halfway. Even 35 KB image from WhatsApp takes few sec. When I tried to open myjio app it wasn’t opening in the afternoon I opened myjio app through Chrome browser it showed that I have used 795mb by 8.40 AM, then I contacted CC of JIO they told me the same thing. How come this happen, they are going to the same as RCom did

January 23, 2017 9:42 am 9:42 AM

this may be due to 90% data loss, poor jio network.
i have tested it. when you are getting good speed data loss become less but at turtle speed data loss happen in jio.

January 23, 2017 10:45 pm 10:45 PM

Hi nil
Today when I turned on net, first thing I did is to check myjio app, it showed 1GB and today the speed was superb as every other day, but yesterday it was very horrible it was 2G speed. That’s why I raised the issue with JIO CC, it’s of no use.

January 23, 2017 7:37 am 7:37 AM

May be Jio has imposed only 256 MB of data every 6 hours !!!!. Uninor did the same in Tamilnadu during 2009 – 2010 period with 3 GB pack for 30 days. It was mentioned that one can use only 100 MB data per day and after that main balance will be deducted as per the excess data used till 11:59 PM for eah day.

January 22, 2017 10:54 pm 10:54 PM

Plese check the daya usage in ur phone settings. There could be some background appa consing the data.

Sunny | Lucknow
January 22, 2017 9:16 pm 9:16 PM

No, Jio data metering is very accurate, some background process might have eaten away your data. Only problem I’ve faced with data metering in Jio is that on some days I get around half a GB data for 12 hours, not 1 GB for 24 hours.

Shivang Singh(SS)
January 23, 2017 1:52 pm 1:52 PM

Not really, i have seen speeds nose dive even when reaching 700-800 MB as per my Jio app . Though happens occasionally but still a noteworthy thing.

January 23, 2017 7:38 am 7:38 AM

Not even 10% android phone users are cared to force stop and disable the unnecessary apps and fine tune their phone with temp file cleaners after buying. Such persons are not fit for smartphone age.

Sunny | Lucknow
January 23, 2017 12:41 pm 12:41 PM

Force stopping apps in Android degrades phone’s performance and drains more battery. Android doesn’t work like Windows so it’s better that you stop wasting time in killing apps. All this while you were thinking that your phone’s performance was improving by killing apps, lol.

Sahil Shah
January 23, 2017 1:25 pm 1:25 PM

IOS has an option of which app can connect when connected to mobile data. All apps are by default connected when on wifi. That really helps save lots of data. Android too has that option atleast from Marshmallow. In App settings go to any app and there is an option to restrict background data. That should solve the purpose.

Kirti Rathod
January 22, 2017 6:54 pm 6:54 PM

Avoid will get right answer soon. Heavy penalty than suggested by TRAI for Avoid group. Avoid cartel will break from backbone.

January 22, 2017 3:50 pm 3:50 PM

Aircel and BSNL must file a case against Avoid for issuing free SIM with talktime and other benefits.