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.

jio

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.

Passionately following the Indian #Telecom Industry for over a decade from Business, Consumer and a Technical perspective. My primary focus area is Consumer & Digital Experience.

guest
35 Comments
newest
oldest
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments

Recent Posts

Mobile Network Issues, Ways to Fix Common Problems

More often than not, people face issues with their cellular network. Sometimes the problem is related to voice calls, and...

Vodafone Idea Unveils MyAmbar App for Women Safety in India

Vodafone Idea Foundation, the Corporate social responsibility (CSR) arm of Vodafone Idea Limited on Thursday unveiled MyAmbar app in partnership...

Tata Sky Broadband Introduces 20Mbps Plan in Select Cities, Removes 300Mbps Plan

Tata Sky Broadband has introduced a new 20Mbps plan for its users in select cities. The internet service provider (ISP)...