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Jio, incumbent players to meet Trai today: Telco war

Jio, incumbent players to meet Trai today: Telco war

New Delhi: Telecom regulator Trai has call a meeting with telecom operators on Friday to resolve the ongoing dispute involving Reliance Jio and binding telecom operators such as Airtel, Vodafone and Idea over inter-connecting points.

Trai is meeting telecom operators tomorrow on the inter-connection issue, an official source said.

Industry body COAI – the association of telecom operators – has composed to the Prime Minister’s Office stating that incumbents are “not compelled to entertain inter-connect requests” that are “anti-competitive”. It has sought PMO’s intervention on the matter to “restore fair competition”.

COAI submitted that incumbent operators are in no position by way of network or financial services to terminate volumes of traffic that are “markedly asymmetric”.

Reliance Jio, which commercially launched its services on 5th September, has indicted incumbent players like Bharti Airtel and Vodafone of not releasing enough inter-connection ports.

COAI Director General Rajan S Mathews told PTI that before giving inter-connection to Reliance Jio, the operators want clarity on whether the services of the new entrant are now “commercial” and if it is so, the company can’t offer free service for more than 90 days.

“Even if they (Jio) pay me 14 paise, telecom operators will lose 16-18 paise as the call termination cost is 32 paise,” Mathews reasoned.

When network starts getting congested because of large traffic coming from Jio, the telecom operators will naturally have to prioritise calls, he said, joining that this is because spectrum is limited and hence, networks are not flexible to take the irregular load.

The volume of calls will start congesting network and in that case, telecom operators will start losing 43-46 paise per call if their existing customer is not able to connect an outgoing call due to an incoming call from Jio network. This everything needs to be seen, Mathews explained.

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