Now, Idea Cellular moves to Delhi High Court challenging Trai’s penalty on Jio PoI issue

Idea Cellular, the country’s third largest telecom operator, has now approached the Delhi High Court against the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India’s recommendation to impose Rs 950 crore penalty on it for not providing adequate interconnection to 4G entrant Reliance Jio.


Idea Cellular, in its plea, claimed that it has complied with all requirements of providing interconnectivity as per the quality of service (QoS) rules and as such is not liable to any penalty.

The telecom operator also stated that as on January 19, it has allocated 19,175 points of interconnection to Reliance Jio and attributed the congestion and call failures as result of Jio’s gross underestimation of call volumes, due to its free voice-calling offer.

The telecom department however claimed that the Aditya Birla Group Company’s petition is not maintainable as the Trai had only given a recommendation, according to various media reports.

Additional Solicitor General (ASG) Sanjay Jain, who appeared for the department of telecom (DoT) on Tuesday at the Delhi High Court, opposed Idea’s plea, on grounds that it was premature since no action had been taken yet on the telecom regulator’s October 21, 2016 recommendation.

The High Court bench has now reportedly issued notices to both the Trai and the DoT asking them to file affidavits on the issue of maintainability of Idea’s plea before the next date of hearing on February 21.

Idea Cellular’s bigger rival Vodafone India has already moved the High Court by filing a similar petition against a Rs 1,050-crore recommendation on the same grounds. The petition is currently pending before another bench of the court.

The telecom department (DoT) and the Trai have already contended that Vodafone’s plea was not maintainable.
The telecom regulator had on October 21, 2016 had recommended a total Rs 3,050 crore penalty against the three service providers, including Rs 1,050-crore penalty against Bharti Airtel for failing to provide adequate interconnection to Reliance Jio.

Also read: Reliance Jio PoI issue: Delhi HC denies to stay TRAI’s Rs. 1050 crore penalty imposed on Vodafone: Report

The telecom department had on January 12 received confirmation from the Attorney General’s office that the imposition of such a penalty was legal and within the scope of the law.

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January 26, 2017 8:18 am 8:18 AM

Idea ab kha hai vo idea na

January 25, 2017 5:24 pm 5:24 PM

Ab Idea ko keeda kata.

January 25, 2017 5:16 pm 5:16 PM

Airtel & bsnl should be fine a hefty charge as still calls from jio to Airtel are not connecting(Delhi to bihar jharkhand) all others are ok now.

January 25, 2017 10:06 pm 10:06 PM

its jio problem, jio have faulty server, which still service are not good, worst in part of country.

January 26, 2017 11:10 am 11:10 AM

You might have heard this from some avoid customer care or store. Don’t be blind and have some basic knowledge.

Kirti Rathod
January 26, 2017 9:57 am 9:57 AM

Our country is not improving for idiots like you. Airtel blocking calls from Jio as Airtel losing its no.1 position this year. Already lost data war.

January 26, 2017 12:25 am 12:25 AM

Then why calls to another operator except Airtel and bsnl is connecting in first attempt? Is this Jio problem? Dont be fool and accpet truth.