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What is Point of Interconnection: Jio 4G PoI Issue with Airtel Idea Vodafone Aircel etc.

Now a days you may heard point of interconnection or POI or Jio 4G Calls are Failed/ dropped due to Airtel/ Idea/ Vodafone Point of Interconnection. In this article are ware trying to thow some light on POI issues between Reliance vs Airtel vs Vodafone vs Idea vs Aircel vs MTS vs BSNL etc. There are more than 120 millions calls dropped due POI issue. On 20th Sept, the Reliance Spokesman said due to Idea POI issue every day 4 crore voice calls are dropped & failed. This issue have been resolved by increasing POI to 230 % >> Read More

What is interconnection in telecom?

Interconnection is the linking of telecom networks so that customers of one network can communicate with customers of another network. It eliminates the need for a customer to subscribe to multiple networks in order to be able to communicate with all other customers.

In mid August, Reliance Jio urged TRAI to take legal action against the top telcos for violating licence terms by not providing enough interconnection points. The leading operators rejected Jio’s demand for more interconnection points, claiming they had already provided Jio capacity to meet demand from 15 million to 20 million customers. Jio disputed the claim and said that it required 12,727 network interconnection for mobile services and 3068 points for STD call facility before commercial launch of its services.

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Before its official launch on September 5, Jio sought cooperation from rivals on being given adequate points of interconnect and mobile number portability. After the launch, India’s top incumbent carriers told the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) that they were in no way obliged or in any position to entertain Jio’s requests for interconnection points, calling it a ‘tsunami of asymmetric incoming voice traffic’.

Following Jio’s letters, COAI claimed that Jio is trying to poach customers from its member operators under the guise of a test launch. Jio was choking networks of other telecom operators through 1.5 million customers, said COAI Director, Rajan Mathews. COAI said that unless Jio doesn’t start commercial service, other GSM telcos are under no obligation to give additional E1s.

On September 9, TRAI summoned executives of Bharti Airtel, Vodafone, Idea Cellular and Reliance Jio to discuss the bitter feud around interconnection where COAI’s Rajan Mathews not being allowed to be a part. Trai asked service providers to allow POIs to Reliance Jio on an incremental basis and told existing telcos to commit a factual date on each of point of interconnection (PoI).

On September 9 Airtel said it will increase the number of points of interconnect (PoI) given to Reliance Jio, as per the bilateral agreement signed between both the telecom operators. On September 12, Idea Cellular decided to expand POIs capacity with the release of 196 additional points that could cater to Reliance Jio’s over 6.5 million subscribers. However, both the operators raised concerns regarding asymmetry of traffic.

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Bharti Airtel on September13, agreed to provide additional interconnect points to Reliance Jio, saying the ports will be sufficient to support 15 million customers of the new operator. Vodafone on September 15 agreed to increase PoIs with Reliance Jio saying that it will increase the PoIs to Jio to three times in comparison to what it was providing earlier. BSNL also said it had provided “sufficient points of inter-connect” to Reliance Jio and can augment it more based on requirement.

Bharti Airtel on September 17 said that it, along with Jio will jointly conduct physical connections and tests of PoIs before opening up for consumers. Airtel added that it had received payments from Jio for the PoIs.

In a recent development, Reliance Jio accused Bharti Airtel of not releasing as many PoIs as had been agreed upon by the two sides, a charge which Airtel denied. Airtel said Jio’s rhetoric could well be a ploy to cover up technical issues in the new operator’s network, which could be the actual reason for calls failing. Jio issued another statement, calling Airtel’s comments “misleading and unfortunate“. Jio is to commercially begin its services from 1st Jan 2017.


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