Interconnection issue: Trai to meet executives of incumbent telcos, Reliance Jio

Executives of Bharti Airtel, Vodafone, Idea Cellular and Reliance Jio Infocomm have reportedly been summoned by the country’s telecom regulator, Trai, on September 9, to discuss the bitter feud around interconnection issue.


Reliance Jio, which launched services commercially on September 5, has been demanding more interconnection points from incumbent telecom operators to complete calls on its network. However, incumbent operators such as Bharti Airtel, Vodafone and Idea Cellular have refused to give extra points of interconnect.

Incumbent telcos have claimed that the traffic imbalance emanating from Reliance Jio’s network was choking their networks. Jio, however, it has inked commercial agreements with all telcos and is still being targeted by them.

The country’s top telecom operators have recently written to the PMO and said that they are in no way obliged or in any position to entertain Reliance Jio Infocomm’s requests for interconnection points. The telcos also said that they do not possess the financial or network resources to handle the imbalance of traffic generated through Jio’s network.

Incumbents and Jio have already written to the Trai as well as the department of telecom (DoT) on the ongoing issue. However, the DoT has refused to intervene and has asked these telcos to approach the telecom regulator. The telecom department has said that the matter of interconnect comes under the regulator’s domain.

Media reports said that the Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI) on Thursday urged Trai to call other member telcos besides the three. “We believe that the issue pertains to all members of COAI and not limited to the three operators. We therefore request Trai to invite all members of COAI for this meeting,” it said in a letter dated September 8.

COAI represents GSM telcos including Airtel, Vodafone, Idea as well as Reliance Jio, which is a part of Reliance Industries.

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September 10, 2016 1:18 pm 1:18 PM

Mukesh bhai ye aise nhi manenge ab app others oprater ke number porting chalu kar de or scheme de jo bhi grahak port in jio me krega usko
3 months calling+ 4 gb data every month free milega . Fir ye lutere bade oprater thande ho jaayenge. Inse inke customer hi chhin lo .
2. Jisme bhi 850mhz 4G LTE band support kare
Us company ke handsets me free sim dal kar supply karwa dewen . Fir jo bachi khuchi kahani jai wo bhi khatma .

September 10, 2016 4:24 am 4:24 AM

Fight for interconnect charges, which is a big chunk of their revenue.

Also, interconnect charges is easy money, why loose it. Avoid, does not want to loose the money bag.

Airtel Lover
September 9, 2016 8:54 pm 8:54 PM

If you are on Airtel, you need not worry about the calls going through. In any part of the world.

Airtel Hater
September 10, 2016 9:26 pm 9:26 PM
Airtel lover, I wish you are not here. Else you would have known Airtel network has gone down. Full 5 bar signal of Airtel, Airtel charging a lot, the problem is I can’t understand what’s the other person want to say & what I say the other personal can’t hear clearly to understand. With such pathetic network if someone loves Airtel network, then I’m sure that person is a thief (employee) of Airtel. You are a paid troll employee of Airtel. Here local Airtel Office giving free JIO SIM & selling LYF phone. The owner knows Airtel is past. He… Read more »
September 10, 2016 12:21 am 12:21 AM

then why calls where blocked till even today??? sunil spam mittal

September 9, 2016 11:54 pm 11:54 PM

not going to pay huge call charges of craptel !

Girish Gowda
September 9, 2016 9:58 pm 9:58 PM

Same thing on WhatsApp and its free.

September 10, 2016 12:34 am 12:34 AM