Reliance Jio’s free offer is an unfair competition says Airtel Chairman

Bharti Airtel Chairman Sunil Bharti Mittal has said that Reliance Jio's free offer is hitting the sector adversely

By: PTI | Published: January 13, 2017 10:57 am
Airtel, reliance jio, airtel vs reliance jio, jio 4G service, reliance jio free data, reliance jio promotional offer, indian telecom sector, airtel payments bank, TDSAT, trai, teleco, technology, technology news Mittal said that Reliance Jio had created an unfair competition in the market which Airtel has challenged before the court

Bharti Airtel Chairman Sunil Bharti Mittal has said that Reliance Jio’s free offer is hitting the sector adversely and has created unfair competition in the market which his firm has challenged before court.

“There is a problem. Any big thing if given for free or at less price then it becomes very difficult to compete with. It is unfair competition which is being discussed through you (media) and in courts,” Mittal said in response to impact of Reliance Jio’s free 4G service on Bharti Airtel.

He was speaking to reporters after launching Airtel Payments Bank in partnership with Kotak Mahindra Bank. Airtel has filed petition against extension of Reliance Jio free 4G service beyond December.

In its 25-page petition before the Telecom Disputes Settlement and Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT), Airtel had asked the quasi-judicial body to direct Trai to ensure Jio does not provide its free voice and data plan beyond December 3. In the petition, Airtel had alleged that the Telecom regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) in its decision dated
October 20 “erroneously” concluded that since Jio’s promotional offer of free services was only valid till December 3, it is consistent with the direction for 90 days.

“When something is given for free then that impacts market. We are now before TDSAT to say that the free offer is
creating problem in the sector. Ultimately, there should be 4-5 companies in this country for competition. If you give
anything for free that creates problem for which we are at doorstep of TDSAT and TRAI is examining it,” Mittal said.

Airtel in its second affidavit before telecom tribunal TDSAT has alleged that the regulator is “perpetuating illegality” by allowing the Mukesh Ambani-controlled Jio to continue offer free 4G mobile broadband and voice calling service.

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He, however, said that impact of Reliance Jio’s offer on Airtel is least compared to that on other companies in the
market. “It has its impact but compared to impact on companies in the market, Airtel is least impacted because of our 4G rollout, distribution reach. Our management is devoted and we have least market share or traffic share loss,” Mittal said.

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  1. V
    Jan 26, 2017 at 3:43 am
    Airtel and other companies are having a secret pact .. and it was Airtel w use to decide market rates... But know ... Jio is taking their role and that is pinching them .. more over . No one stopping you to do the same .. face compeion don't cry like babies.... More over Airtel is cheating customes by launching of fake schemes .. eg they launched unlimited calling package for 349 ... In Dec .. in Jan they secretly changed it to 5 hours a day ... They are lying on there site ..So as a customer I am very happy .. that they are getting taste of their own medicine
    1. B
      Jan 13, 2017 at 7:16 am
      If Relience can do, why can't you do Sunil Bharti?
      1. J
        Jan 13, 2017 at 10:14 am
        Till now you charged much more to avail 3G/4G Services. What an ordinary man can do? First you try to give 3G/4G service at a lower cost.At present, Jio is the best in all kinds..Keep it up Mr.Ambani..👍👍
        1. J
          Jan 15, 2017 at 4:16 am
          1st of al we airtel customers have to file a peion against Airtel for providing worst network and services, charging high rates for internet and charging additional 100rs as late bill payments as there are no other companies doing this type of things. You people are looting our money.. And we are very much happy that Jio is providing free data and calls. Proud of you Reliance Jio
          1. N
            Jan 13, 2017 at 9:36 am
            dont only see it as business motive. also consider people needs.
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