Airtel yesterday said that it is has provided Reliance Jio with enough point of interconnection (PoIs) to service over 20 million subscribers. Reliance Jio has however denied these claims saying, 1.6 crore calls are still failing while connecting to Airtel’s network. Jio has also countered Airtel’s accusations of being under-prepared and insufficient testing, by saying there are no call failure between Jio connections. The to and fro between Reliance Jio and Airtel comes amid TRAI’s decision to hold a meeting on Friday to discuss and solve the ongoing interconnection issue. Also Read - Airtel Rs 79 plan vs Vodafone-Idea (Vi) Rs 79 plan: Check data, calls, and other benefitsAlso Read - Airtel introduces new Rs 79 prepaid plan in place of Rs 49 pack: Here are the benefits
“Post our bilateral meeting on September 13 to premeditate on the matter of augmentation of PoIs, we had analyzed the traffic figures at the interconnect links as well as your demands for projected capacity,” Airtel said in a letter to Jio, dated September 26. “Based on our due diligence of these dynamics, we had provided 1,350 E1s (interconnect points) on the very next day. This was followed by incremental capacity of 1,000 E1s provided on pan-India basis on September 20,” it added.
Countering this, Reliance Jio on Tuesday said in a statement: “Reliance Jio Infocomm denies that there has been any delay at its end in operationalising the E1s. On the contrary, Reliance Jio has been consistently following-up with Airtel and the other incumbent operators over the last several months for augmentation of interconnection capacity.” ALSO READ: TRAI to hold a meeting with telecom operators to discuss Reliance Jio interconnect issues: RS Sharma
Earlier, Reliance Jio said that the POIs provided by other operators were not sufficient. A rough calculation suggests that Jio, as per the above-mentioned figures, would need a little over 8,500 ports, given a subscriber base of 15 million. Reliance Jio officially launched its services on September 5. ALSO READ: Reliance Jio reveals operator-wise call drop data in battle for PoI; Vodafone performs worst