Idea commissions more points of interconnect to facilitate smooth entry of Jio into telecom

By September 12th, 2016 AT 7:12 PM

Idea Cellular, today said that it welcomes Jio, and remains committed to facilitate its seamless entry into the hyper-competitive market. Idea Cellular has in the past been providing and augmenting Points of Interconnect (POIs) very liberally and we will continue to support all new operators for all their reasonable, fair and legitimate requirements of POIs.


In the month of August 2016 there were a total of 2.97 million unique Jio subscribers who terminated calls on the Idea network. Our current allocation of POIs would in normal circumstances cater to 4.65 million such subscribers indicating a buffer of 57% in calling capacity. Idea has now decided to proactively, expand capacity with Jio to over 6.5 million subscribers, with the release of 196 additional POIs, shortly. This additional capacity will provide for a buffer of 119% against the August subscriber volumes.

Separately, TRAI has been informed that in August 2016, there existed an unprecedented asymmetry of traffic of 14.5 times between Idea and Jio. Never, ever, has such a high asymmetry been observed with a new operator in the past. Idea has already submitted to the TRAI, via the “Accounting Separation Report” for FY16, that its real cost of termination is significantly higher than the current interconnect settlement charge of 14 paise per minute as prescribed in the present IUC regime. The Company is incurring increasing costs due to this high level of traffic asymmetry.

Unless controlled, this induced traffic asymmetry is expected to exacerbate the loss in the coming months. We await Regulatory intervention to address this fundamental issue of induced asymmetry of traffic and ensure compliance to the existing Regulatory Principles of IUC Compliance, Non-Discrimination, and Non-Predation, as per TRAI’s 30th Amendment to Telecommunication Tariff Order dated 16th January 2004.

We are hopeful that the TRAI will urgently examine these threshold issues and will ensure that all parties are compliant to the letter and spirit of the Law.

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Faraz, Munger

“with the release of 196 additional POIs, shortly. This additional capacity will provide for a buffer of 119% against the August subscriber volumes.”

They are just seeing August subscribers volume..
Traffic of September subscribers would be much more than that of August since all 4G phone users can avail Jio sim from this very month.


Idea has started rolling out special offers , offering 10GB ( 1 GB 4G/3G/2G DATA+ 9 GB 4G ONLY DATA ) for 245.00 INR . Offer could be availed on max of 3 subsequent recharges. Offers validity is 31st dec 2016.

Clearly its an effort from AVoId to stop subscribers from porting out to JIO, porting will start in 15-20 days.

Mandar Sherbet
Mandar Sherbet

How to activate this special offer? Or is it only for select customers?


Send porting request . Stop using data for at least 7 days, meantime , use any alternate source for mobile data . When asked by idea care , deliberately tell them that you are porting to jio. Reason being their tempting data + voice offers.

Im also enjoying flat 35 p local +std for 90 days, without any rentals.

But , sadly , Im a daily roamer , not getting any offers for roaming.

Yet, good offers from idea , considering my home circle services.


The show has just started. Tariffs will fall even further.

Mandar Sherbet
Mandar Sherbet

I think this Special Offer is only to combat the Welcome Offer from Jio. Hence it is valid only till 31st Dec’16. But it’s quite tempting. I would certainly like to avail it. But am yet to receive any such message.

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