Telecom tribunal asks TRAI to re-examine nod to Jio’s free promo offers

The telecom disputes settlement appellate and Tribunal (TDSAT), the telecom tribunal on Thursday asked the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India to re-examine its nod to Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance Jio’s free promotional services offer. On January 31, the TRAI held that Jio’s free voice calling and data plan was not a violation of the regulatory guidelines.


The tribunal has also asked the regulator to inform it about the outcome and findings of the examination within two weeks. It had last week reserved on incumbent the order on a Bharti Airtel and Idea Cellular’s interim appeal which sought a stay on Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance Jio’s free promotional offer.

The regulator had earlier found that the ‘Happy New Year Offer’ launched by Jio on December 4, 2016, was different from its previous ‘Jio Welcome Offer‘, thereby it could not be treated as an extension of the promotional offer as the benefits under both differed.

Reliance Jio commercially launched services on September 5 last year with the launch of inaugural free voice and data services, which it extended in December till March 31, 2017. Jio, however, maintained that it had not violated any tariff orders in offering these two promotional offers to its subscribers.

Bharti Airtel, in its appeal, had sought a stay on TRAI’s approval to Reliance Jio to continue with the free promotional offer. It had also alleged that the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) is “perpetuating illegality” by allowing the 4G entrant to game the interconnect regime by allowing Jio to offer free voice and data services.

India’s third largest telco Idea Cellular had subsequently moved to the telecom dispute tribunal. Both the telcos had also sought a direction to the TRAI to produce all records related to its decision. These telecom operators had criticised the regulator for being a “mute spectator” to the alleged violations.

Jio, however, will start charging its customers for its mobile services from April 1, 2017. The telco had also launched 10 Prime packs of users that join the network before March 31, 2017, and had also launched a buy one get one free offer for Jio Prime users. As part of the offer, those recharging with Rs 303, Rs 499 and above before March 31 will get additional benefits.

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March 17, 2017 11:51 am 11:51 AM

Jio please start carrier aggregation in pune also. I’m fed up of getting only 16-20 mbps speed.

March 17, 2017 3:51 pm 3:51 PM

lol i’m fed of of 1mbps speed and ur fed of 20mbps

March 16, 2017 7:28 pm 7:28 PM

Just check in opensignal or myspeed app for jio’s coverage compared with other operators. My personal experience with jio is awesome. In my place, I had no 3G signal of any operator but after the arrival of JIO, that was the first high speed internet i experienced in my area. After JIO, within 2 months all other operators started beaming their 3G/4G signals but none could beat jio in coverage and internet speeds. This is my personal experience.

March 17, 2017 3:53 pm 3:53 PM

Thats one of the many problems with jio, they install towers in some dense forest where ony 1 or 2 people like u will be using and in urban areas even a webpage wont open.

March 16, 2017 6:15 pm 6:15 PM

Inimael trai vayasukku vandhaa enna varalainaa enna?. TRAI must trash :
> jio for providing worst coverage despite of having 3 bands of spectrum at most of the states

> all 4G operators for not providing VoLTE

March 16, 2017 6:57 pm 6:57 PM

When will operators implement LTE-A or LTE Advanced?? I am fed-up with Jio Band switching, though my handset supports multiple bands simultaneously via Carrier aggregation viz. LTE-A

Abhishek Dutta
March 16, 2017 9:07 pm 9:07 PM

JIO has started to implement LTE-A/LTE+ Advance technology across Jharkhand. I experienced it in Jamshedpur yesterday in one of my friends phone. I wish I could post here image.

March 16, 2017 11:42 pm 11:42 PM

Will you accept it as a growth only if one your finger keeps on growing?.

March 16, 2017 10:32 pm 10:32 PM

Meaning : Whats the use if it implements advanced technology in ust one place?.

March 16, 2017 8:08 pm 8:08 PM
I don’t know man. I am fed up of jio as it has worst coverage and my handset gets heated and battery quickly drains. I am planning either to switch to BSNL, Idea*, airtel* or Aircel* for mobile data. Eventhough jio sim will be in my handset, it will be in flight mode and I will use it only to make landline or mobile to mobile cals when at a stable place. I will use data in my Huawei E8372h-153 4G WiFi data card by inserting sim from any one of the above operators and use it. I am using… Read more »
March 17, 2017 9:39 am 9:39 AM

You are unlucky i get more speeds on jio in forest, than bsnl in cities. Jio is best in mpcg it has better coverage than bsnl even in remote areas of j&k, h.p. north east and assam. You seems frustrated of not been able to utilize 6 months of its unlimited fun

March 18, 2017 2:33 pm 2:33 PM

Unlimited fun without coverage?.