VIL Gets Show Cause Notice by Trai Over the ‘RedX’ Priority Plan

Airtel has offered to abide by whatever Trai asks of it and has also modified its Platinum offering in a way which doesn’t violate the regulatory framework


The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) has been going back and forth with Bharti Airtel and Vodafone Idea Limited over the ‘priority 4G network’ plan. Trai had earlier questioned both the telcos over their ‘priority 4G network’ plan saying that the telcos should have registered the plan as a new type of offering so it could have been examined properly. Now, the regulator has issued a show-cause notice to VIL over the same issue. In its ‘show cause’ notice, Trai has asked VIL about giving a reason for why should action be not initiated against the telco for violation of the extant regulatory framework with its RedX plan.

VIL Gets a Show Cause Notice, What About Bharti Airtel?

It was not just VIL which was questioned by Trai a few weeks back. There was Bharti Airtel as well, so what about a show-cause notice to Airtel? According to sources of PTI, Airtel has offered to abide by whatever Trai asks of it and has also modified its Platinum offering in a way which doesn’t violate the regulatory framework. Thus Trai is not going to proceed further with the investigation on Bharti Airtel.

For VIL though, the show cause notice sent to the telco read, “claim of VIL for providing priority 4G network with faster data speeds is not in compliance with the extant regulatory framework”.

Trai mentioned in the notice that the RedX tariff offer lacks transparency and is very misleading to the customers, all of which results in non-compliance by the telco with the regulatory rules of tariff analysis under Telecom Tariff order, 1999. In addition to this, Trai said that VIL’s RedX plan is not in compliance of the licence agreement as well as technical specifications.

Responding to the questions earlier asked by Trai, VIL had said that it is not offering any new type of service with its RedX plan. VIL has also challenged Trai’s views on the plan being listed separately since it is a new type of service. The telco has explained and justified its pay-more-for-priority-experience plan to its customers already.

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Thamilan daa

Kunal :
Can you prove that we got true 2G EDGE, 3G including H+ and 4G speed when the cost per GB was upto Rs.300?.


yez this,,point must show to mittal whn he say 100rs pergb..


This kind of plans are offered for premium customers worldwide especially in developed countries.
So i don’t understand why Trai is against it, especially when the mobile portability option is there. Instead of Trai, let the customer decide.
This is truly a move to help their master ‘Jio’. Nothing-else.


In the so called developed countries that you speak about they also get minimum speeds which are above the average speeds in India. Why are you not protesting for that and defending your master vada gone?

Bharat Khanna

Dedicated bands for premium customers is what i am aware off, no one can not garuntee average speeds as that is not technically feasible

Amal Krishna

Lol no wireless operator can promise minimum speeds its not technically possible they can only promise maximum speed or improved speeds


I also think wireless network can not provide priority speed without degrading other users service. For example, Suppose a tower which can give 100 Mbps download speed is connected with 10 user then each user will get 10 Mbps average if they download files same time. Now if out of 10 if 5 people is just browsing or chatting on what’s app then the other 5 will get around 20 Mbps download speed I think. Now out of 10 people if 2 people is on priority service then they both might get 40 + 40 Mbps download speed. And the… Read more »

Thamilan daa

Shini :
Can you call India as a developed country in terms of telecom sector (ADSL broadband speed and lower 3G like mobile data speed* in the 4G network even with CA.

*means : Prove that we got true 3G and 4G speed when the data price was upto Rs.300 per GB before stating that low data cost is the reason for less data speed.

Thamilan daa

Better change your name to duane.

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