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COAI describes tussle with TRAI over Reliance Jio as 'unfortunate misunderstanding'

After TRAI asked COAI director Mathews to apologize for his remarks, he said it was an unfortunate misunderstanding and would look forward to resolve issues.

  • Published: September 11, 2016 7:06 PM IST
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Following the recent confrontation with TRAI over Reliance Jio controversy, cellular operators body has termed it as “unfortunate misunderstanding.” It had no intention to disparage anyone and will look forward to resolve issues. On Friday, the telecom regulator had organized a meeting of incumbent telecom operators with Reliance Jio to resolve the ongoing dispute related to interconnecting joints. Also Read - Airtel Rs 79 plan vs JioPhone Rs 75 prepaid plan compared: Which offers better value?

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However, with Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI) not invited, it had alleged that TRAI “in an unprecedented manner” had “acquiesced” to Reliance Jio‘s demand by keeping them out of the meeting. Taking a severe view over allegations, the telecom watchdog, TRAI, had asked COAI to back its words and apologize for “malafide” and “patently wrong” statement. Also Read - JioFiber broadband plans with free Netflix subscription: Check plans, price, data benefits, more

When contacted, COAI director general, Rajan S Mathews told PTI, “There is no intention to disparage anyone…We said that our association respects TRAI and its work…This was an unfortunate incident.” Mathews emphasized the association is keen to move forward and resolve, not create, issues. ALSO READ: Airtel, Vodafone receive maximum complaints regarding quality of services, call drops

“It is an unfortunate misunderstanding…we want to proceed forward on real issues that impact consumers…the matter has been resolved,” Mathews claimed. Asked if he would tender an apology as demanded by the regulator, Mathews said, “No apology is required…it was a misunderstanding.” ALSO READ: Reliance Jio interconnect issue: TRAI refutes COAI allegations, seeks apology

As TRAI’s letter was addressed to Gopal Vittal, Chairman of COAI, it was Vittal who spoke to TRAI, Mathews added. Mathews drew flak from the regulator on Friday over his statement that he was “kept out of the TRAI meeting at the insistence of Reliance Jio and Trai acquiesced to their demand, in an unprecedented manner.” ALSO READ: Reliance Jio accuses telcos of releasing lesser number of interconnection ports

Soon thereafter, TRAI shot off a letter to COAI chairman, Vittal saying that the “The statement of Director General, COAI…alleging that he was not allowed by TRAI to participate in the said meeting at the behest of Reliance Jio is to say the least patently wrong, mischievous and perhaps with malafide intention.” ALSO READ: COAI rejects Reliance Jio s request for additional points of interconnection

“In order to set the record straight, the Director General COAI may be directed to retract his false statement made in the media and issue apologies for the same,” the letter had said. ALSO READ: Reliance Jio call drops: Ambani, COAI fight over interconnect issue

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  • Published Date: September 11, 2016 7:06 PM IST



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