The government does not discriminate between telecom service providers and stays totally unbiased in its policies towards the sector, Communications Minister Manoj Sinha said. “We don’t discriminate among telecom companies. We are also not biased towards any company,” he reiterated to newspersons after meeting the operators. The chief executives of top telecom firms that are members of the Cellular Operators’ Association of India (COAI) called on the minister and Telecom Secretary J.S. Deepak to raise their concerns over alleged favoritism towards new players in the sector. Also Read - Jio Freedom Plans 2021: Jio launches 5 new prepaid plans with no daily data limit - check detailsAlso Read - How to recharge your Jio number via WhatsApp
The meeting came a day after a rather unprecedented move, where the association even wrote to the Prime Minister’s Office complaining about the industry watchdog and contending that some of its moves discriminated against existing players. The letter came after a similar missive to the Department of Telecom (DoT) that also specifically alleged that Reliance Jio has launched a full commercial service in the garb of test runs, while expressing concern over some consultation papers floated by the watchdog recently. Jio has countered the claim, saying its tests are bona fide and aimed at delivering high-quality service.
Earlier today Bharti Airtel Chairman Sunil Bharti Mittal and a Reliance Jio representative met Telecom secretary JS Deepak amid ongoing tussle between incumbent players and Mukesh Ambani-led 4G mobile services company. Mittal met Telecom Secretary early in the day and Jio representative in afternoon, a source revealed. While the matter discussed between Mittal and Deepak could not be ascertained, Jio representative expressed concern over blocking of company s trial services by incumbent telecom operators.