Reliance Jio Infocomm Limited, the telecommunication arm of Reliance Industries Limited has welcomed Airtel’s decision to provide more interconnection points. However, the spar between Reliance Jio and Bharti Airtel doesn’t seem to be ending anytime soon.
In a statement, Reliance Jio claims the quantum of POIs released by Airtel is substantially less than the requirement. The company says based on the current traffic flow between the two networks, the point of interconnection released by Airtel would only be sufficient for less than one-fourth of required capacity. Reliance Jio says the inadequate POIs are also affecting the quality of service with more than two crore calls failing everyday between the two networks.
Reliance Jio and Airtel have been locking heads since the public availability of Jio 4G services. The battle between both the companies even required an escalated involvement from TRAI. Reliance Jio, however, feels it was unfortunate that TRAI’s intervention was required to implementation of POIs by Airtel. TRAI had in fact instructed telecom operators to provide required interconnection points to Reliance Jio. Reliance Jio has also accused Airtel of blocking the mobile number portability facility for its subscribers who wish to switch to Jio services.
The statement issued by Reliance notes that Airtel is abusing its market dominance by installing one-way E1s as against both-way E1s. One-way E1 are generally installed between similar sized networks. Reliance Jio further says the quality of service will continue to be affected till the interconnections are delivered in required capacity.
In a media statement, Reliance says, “RJIL hopes that Airtel will enhance the PoI’s sufficiently to meet its license obligation of QoS with immediate effect and maintain these parameters on an ongoing basis. Airtel must also immediately make available MNP to all its subscribers opting to port to RJIL in accordance with the license terms and MNP regulations.”
Reliance Jio is currently available to consumers in the form of Welcome Offer. The welcome offer gives unlimited access to data and calling till December 31, 2016. The service highly relies on POIs from other telecom operators and Reliance seems to have a pitfall with respect to achieving the adequate POI installation.