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Airtel Denies to Pay ₹3300 Crore Penalty for POI Reliance Jio – Said Call Drops due to its under-preparedness

NEW DELHI: Bharti Airtel has finally said that Reliance Jio is itself responsible for Call Failures. Today, Justice BC Patel has issued letter to Airtel/ Vodafone & Idea for Rs 9,900 Crore fine against Point of Interconnection Issue with RJIO. But the Airtel is not ready and bounce back with saying that Reliance Jio is not ready for network connectivity to the extend the service they are providing Free Calls/ Unlimited Internet etc.

In a letter to Reliance Jio, Airtel said: “While RJIO has continued to allege huge call failure on account of insufficient number of PoIs (points of interconnect), however, we believe that the prime reason for such call failures was on account of acquisition of a large number of subscribers by RJIO even before the declaration of the commercial launch.”

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The letter sent yesterday, goes on to say that augmentation of POIs based on actual traffic, necessitates a reciprocal action from the other party also.

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Airtel said that after their best effort of providing POI, at this date only 2,484 E1s (interconnect ports) are live out of a total capacity of 3,048 provided, primarily due to various reasons for delay “attributable solely to RJIO’s under-preparedness and insufficient testing teams and efforts”.

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The issues continue to impede the augmentation process, it said, pointing out further that its request to Jio to adopt immediate measures to balance the skewed traffic still remains unaddressed.

Telecom regulator Trai, which had asked the operators to submit their network congestion details from September 15-19, 2016, to examine the congestion issue. At present 89 per cent of traffic originating from Reliance Jio network is being terminated into Airtel network and is thereby creating asymmetry in traffic. This is a serious concern for us due to the below cost termination charge regime, every extra minute terminated by RJIO in our network, is causing a huge financial loss to Airtel,” it added.

Reliance Jio, which has commercially launched its 4G services, has accused operators, including Airtel, Vodafone and Idea of providing far less than adequate PoIs needed for its users to complete a call to a rival network, while the operators have charged the new entrant of unleashing a “tsunami” of free traffic on their networks.

Source: Economics Time

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