Take a stand on Reliance Jio’s free service offer: TDSAT tells Trai

In an interesting turn of events, the country’s telecom tribunal, TDSAT, has reportedly directed the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) to take a stand on Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance Jio’s free 4G service offer in “reasonable time.”


The Telecom Disputes Settlement and Appellate Tribunal’s direction came while hearing Bharti Airtel’s petition against the TDSAT against the regulator’s decision to allow Jio to continue with its free promotional offer beyond the stipulated 90 days. The top telco had alleged that the Trai acted as “a mute spectator” to violations.

Airtel, in its 25-page petition, had asked the TDSAT to direct Trai to ensure Jio does not provide its free voice and data plan beyond December 3. The top telco had alleged that Trai in its decision dated October 20 “erroneously” concluded that since Jio’s promotional offer of free services was only valid till December 3, it is consistent with the direction for 90 days.

The Trai had sought more time citing that it is dealing with similar complaints filed before it. It had then said that the ten days time-frame granted by the tribunal to take a final decision on the issue was not enough.
According to a PTI report, the TDSAT also issued notices over the impleadment application filed by Reliance Jio to make them a party in the ongoing matter.

The report said that Ramji Srinivasan who appeared for Reliance Jio said that they are a necessary and a proper party in the matter and “needs to be impleaded as any decision is likely to affect them.”

Moreover, the TDSAT bench has now granted two weeks’ time to Airtel to file counter reply over Reliance Jio’s plea to impleadment in it. Airtel, a petitioner in the matter, has also been asked to file a rejoinder if any within one week.
The bench comprising members B B Srivastava and A K Bhargava after hearing the arguments of both sides Airtel and Trai posted the matter on February 1 for the next hearing as the regulator sought more time to decide on the matter, the report said.

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January 10, 2017 1:01 am 1:01 AM

Ghabrao mat..31st March ke baad Jio apne company ka naam badalke free offers deta Rahega..
Oji Happy Summer Offer is yet to come guys..
It’s a spoiler..Do not leak.. ?????

January 9, 2017 5:20 pm 5:20 PM

Unless and until Idea and Vodafone merge or they start providing unlimited Internet at 3G speeds….. They both won’t sustain…… Airtel will sustain because of high earnings since last six years

January 9, 2017 5:19 pm 5:19 PM

i buy almost 800rs worth 3g data from airtel. but airtel dont give me any offer like rs 50 per gb. Airtel believs in loot loot at 1g speeds.

January 9, 2017 2:55 pm 2:55 PM

Vodafone ki fatti ….voda looking to sell business & exit india…todays economic times

Kirti Delhi
January 9, 2017 11:53 am 11:53 AM

At last I’m lovin Jio 🙂

January 10, 2017 7:15 am 7:15 AM

Finally realised the fact and still Duane supporting Airtel.Expecting Airtel in the same way.

Thamizh selvan,South INDIA
January 9, 2017 9:58 am 9:58 AM

Where is the Airtel VoLTE?

January 9, 2017 7:03 am 7:03 AM

Jio is super slow. Airtel giving 120mbps speed.

Note: Truthfully Jio is giving great speed. Only Airtel employee like me will object Jio & say Jio giving bad speed. Sorry for cheating in comments. Now I can declare that Jio is geat as I lost job from Airtel.

Ex-employee of Airtel
Mr. Duane

January 10, 2017 7:21 am 7:21 AM

Thats a surprising comment from you

January 9, 2017 12:00 pm 12:00 PM


January 8, 2017 2:13 pm 2:13 PM

One thing I don’t understand, why is Jio not charging at least 10 rupees for their new promotional pack, thus removing the freeness from it and keeping up with the guidelines.

Thamizh selvan,S.INDIA
January 8, 2017 10:01 pm 10:01 PM

Because it’s poor people’s network!!

January 9, 2017 7:45 pm 7:45 PM

People like you cant digest anything be it costly or free.

January 8, 2017 12:11 pm 12:11 PM

Ha airtel ki to fatt gayi..itna hi jalan ha to free karo service tum bhi..par nahi , unlogo ko to paisa lena hi ha..jio ka speed Jaise bhi ho par free to de raha ha na..

Afzal Ali
January 8, 2017 11:39 am 11:39 AM

Nothing much improvement on JIO networks speed, after launching HAPPY NEW YEAR offer , speed is still slow . speedtest done in GWALIOR, MADHYA PRADESH.

I hope they will do gud aftr commercial launch.


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