New interconnection capacity: Issues will be solved in a few weeks, says Airtel

Despite repeated reminders and bilateral meetings with incumbent operators and claims made by them, hardly any new interconnection capacity has been made operational.

By: ENS Economic Bureau | Mumbai | Published:September 21, 2016 3:05 am
bharti airtel, reliance jio, reliance jio bharti airtel spar, rjio interconnection points, rjio 4g service, jio 4g sim, tech news, technology Bharti Airtel chairman Sunil Bharti Mittal offered an olive branch saying all issues will be resolved within few weeks.

Even as Reliance Jio Infocomm on Tuesday came down on three mobile phone operators for their alleged failure to make operational new interconnection capacity, Bharti Airtel chairman Sunil Bharti Mittal offered an olive branch saying all issues will be resolved within few weeks.

Despite repeated reminders and bilateral meetings with incumbent operators and claims made by them, hardly any new interconnection capacity has been made operational by any of the three incumbent operators — Bharti Airtel, Vodafone India or Idea Cellular — for RJIL in the last 15 days, it said.

RJIL’s immediate requirement of operational interconnection capacity estimated based on transparent industry practice is of the order of 4,000–5,000 E1s per operator for the three incumbent operators and it is therefore apparent that at the current rate, the incumbent operators have not demonstrated any real intent to resolve this issue, Reliance Jio said in a statement.

“It (Point of Interconnect) was non existent (issue). Suddenly this has become unnecessarily a big issue. I have told my team and sent messages to Mukesh (Ambani) and his team. Let’s ignore and resolve this. Every passing day and every passing week this will get resolved,” Mittal told ET Now television channel.

“With over 10 crore call failures per day between RJIL and the three operators, this has resulted in severe quality of service issues. The call failure rate has been worsening in the last few days, while augmentation of interconnection capacity is still awaited,” Jio said.