Vodafone moves to Delhi High Court against Trai for permitting Jio’s free offer

Vodafone on Monday approached the Delhi High Court against the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India for allegedly failing to stop violation of tariff orders and regulations by Reliance Jio.

The country’s second largest telecom operator has also claimed that the Mukesh Ambani-led telecom operator, in the garb of preview offer, garnered millions of subscribers by offering them free services, due to the regulator’s “arbitrary and irregular action/inaction.”

The telecom operator said that the regulator, in fact, failed to execute the telecom department’s (DoT) circulars by permitting Reliance Jio to continue with its free offers. According to the DoT’s circulars, all tariffs in the country must be compliant of inter-connection usage charges (IUC), non-discriminatory and non-predatory.

Vodafone India, in its petition, said that the free or zero tariff plan or promotional offer of said operator (Reliance Jio) with no charges at all for services, “is ipso facto non-compliant with the ‘floor’ as stipulated by TRAI in its own tariff orders, and it is IUC non-compliant, predatory and discriminatory and thus violates the TRAIs tariff orders and regulations.

Also read: Reliance Jio Approaches TRAI to Impose Penalty on Airtel for ‘Misleading’ Free Services Ads: Report

The telecom operator has also added that the promotional offer was and continues to be in blatant violation of cardinal regulatory principles as IUC charges being the floor for the retail tariffs, according to media reports.


Reliance Jio has now been made a party on the oral plea of Vodafone, PTI reported.

Vodafone has also sought direction to the regulator to fully implement compliance of all regulatory and legal principles, which were laid down in the tariff orders, directions and regulations by the Trai. It contented that the regulator in 2002 had told all telcos that promotional tariffs cannot exceed 90 days upper limit”.

Bharti Airtel and Idea Cellular have already approached the Telecom Disputes Settlement Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT) against the Trai for allowing Jio to allegedly violate the tariff orders and regulations.

TDSAT will hear Airtel and Idea’s plea on February 1, 2017.

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January 31, 2017 11:22 am 11:22 AM

Jio should start charging, as free data is not a sign of good competition. Have to appreciate jio for bringing down tariff. But it is over now and AVVIOD tariff is low. Still 1 GB data free per day is more than enough for people. This act of Jio does not attract foreign telecom operators.

Sahil Shah
February 1, 2017 6:33 am 6:33 AM

LOL.. why would jio want to bring down tariff of other operators? Free offers were only to gain more customers and not to bring down tariff of other operators. As you mentioned that Avoid’s tariff is low and so jio should stop free offer. Lower tariff of Avoid will only hurt jio in increasing their subscribers. I dont support jio/reliance/Ambani or avoid. i am good with bsnl (no hidden charges).

February 1, 2017 8:17 am 8:17 AM

Lol …..Bsnl/MTNL provide MICRO SIM? Could u confirm? For Mtnl …I want to know whether they have ?

February 1, 2017 3:05 pm 3:05 PM

BSNL provides normal, micro and nano sim cards and 3 weeks ago I was surprised when they were activating sim through ekyc. I don’t know about other states but day by day their service is becoming better.

Sahil Shah
February 1, 2017 1:27 pm 1:27 PM

I am from Gujarat so no idea about MTNL. BSNL does provide normal/micro/nano sim cards. I am sure MTNL would also be providing the same.

onam jee
January 31, 2017 5:12 pm 5:12 PM

Baat kewal foreign ki nahi h…foreign company only vodafone nahi h…telenor s tel and mts bhi hain…if they could give the cheap tariffs..why can’t Vodafone…vodafone had created cartel along with airtel and idea..and this is the only reason that their tariffs very at the very high and costly.

arun venkatram
January 31, 2017 9:14 pm 9:14 PM

Well, can the quality of vodafone be compared to that of telenor and Stel and MTS. MTS had good coverage, but they did not go with the right technology. I’m not sure about telenor as it is not there in my circle. As of now, they have reduced their tariff and their current tariff is acceptable. So i feel it is good for Jio to withdraw free data.

onam jee
February 1, 2017 2:35 am 2:35 AM

Telenor is very good in quality and tariff..and vodafone has not that very superlative quality to pay like premiums.

January 31, 2017 8:39 am 8:39 AM

This is the only forum where people are happy that companies are shutting down and investors leaving India.. So that their free Internet goes on a month konger

January 31, 2017 8:38 pm 8:38 PM

They forget that the same company had screwed them earlier

Kirti Rathod
January 31, 2017 7:35 am 7:35 AM

Avoid group need punishment for cheating customers. They still want to cheat customers with heavy tariffs. Jio is obstacle for Avoid group. Avoid group failing in cheating customers for Jio.

January 31, 2017 5:24 pm 5:24 PM

Every operator is dying due to FREEIO
He wants to end competition nothing more and later he wants to b the king in telecom and few fellows like you call it a competition and asking other telecoms to give the same plan. Wat plan FREE ? Are u guys insane. Billionaire Ambani is a saint ? I’m sure all jio user will regret later

January 31, 2017 11:48 am 11:48 AM

can you pay inter-connection charges for avoid, jio is providing free calls, but jio is not paying inter-connection charges to avoid then who will go to court, you or telecom operator.