Nothing can be free forever, says Airtel urging TRAI to look into Jio’s offer

Bharti Airtel Chairman Sunil Mittal on Wednesday took exception to free voice calls offered by Reliance Jio, saying nothing could be free forever

By: IANS | Published:October 26, 2016 4:56 pm
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Bharti Airtel Chairman Sunil Mittal on Wednesday took exception to free voice calls offered by Reliance Jio, saying nothing could be free forever. Speaking on the sidelines of an event here organised by GSMA, Mittal urged the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) to look into the issue. “TRAI needs to settle the issue of Reliance Jio free tariffs. Nothing can be free for a lifetime,” Mittal said.

Recently, the regulator had said that it had found no faults with Jio’s tariff plans.

Mittal said his company would respond to the government and the regulator regarding the penalties slapped on it, along with two other service providers, for denying sufficient points of interconnections (PoI) to Reliance Jio.

“TRAI (Telecom Regulatory Authority of India) must have some confusion regarding the PoIs offered to Reliance Jio,” Mittal said.

The TRAI on Oct 21 slapped heavy penalties on three telecom players — Bharti Airtel, Vodafone India and Idea Cellular — amounting to Rs 3,050 crore for not providing sufficient PoIs to Reliance Jio.

It also said the action of the three operators showed “ulterior motive to stifle competition”.

In similar letters to the three players, the watchdog said it has recommended a penal action of Rs 50 crore per licence service area (LSA) (except Jammu & Kashmir) where PoI congestion exceeded the allowable limit of 0.5 per cent as reported by Airtel/Vodafone/Idea Cellular through emails on September 23 this year.

In the case of Airtel and Vodafone, the fines imposed were for 21 LSAs, amounting to Rs 1,050 crore each while in the case of Idea, the fine was Rs 950 crore for 19 LSAs.

Read: Airtel announces affordable international roaming plans with 2GB data, 250 mins call for 10 days

The regulator had received a letter from Reliance Jio on July 14, stating that the incumbent players were not providing it with sufficient E1s (interconnect points, with technical parameters).

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    Leo
    Oct 27, 2016 at 1:31 am
    AIRTEL has no right to talk about this issue. They are not allowing calls and congesting the network They are cheating the customers in data services, charging more for voice calls and no customer service. At last they are jealous of others growth....
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    Bhaskara
    Oct 27, 2016 at 2:40 pm
    airtel network good but call rate sms rate data pack rate very costly don't use airtel other networks good reliance very cheape rate only 40 rs recharge and 40 rs full talk time and 1gb net free only use jio don't use airtel
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    MAHESH.G.UBHAYAKAR
    Oct 27, 2016 at 12:31 pm
    Dear Mr Mittal n other doubting Thomases, pl. read my article " why jio is able to offer free calls" in the link
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    Ashok
    Oct 26, 2016 at 5:24 pm
    The concept of free calls are present in USA. How can he say nothing can be free forever?
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    Shamsungfan
    Oct 26, 2016 at 7:00 pm
    Airtel looted us customers for years and now not allowing customers to benefit.
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    sathyapal k.n
    Oct 27, 2016 at 6:09 am
    Airtel is Anti-customer and they are treating customer as Bali ka Bakra.
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    Rakesh Vishwakarma
    Oct 26, 2016 at 8:11 pm
    Airtel is always looting there old and gold customer. Progress should be allow in india.
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    Rakesh Vishwakarma
    Oct 26, 2016 at 8:15 pm
    Airtel looted his customers for years and now not allowing customers to benefit.lt;br/gt;The concept of free calls are present in USA. How can he say nothing can be free forever?lt;br/gt;There was a time when telephone subscribers had to pay for incoming calls. No one at time expected the change/revolution now we see in the industry.
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