After Airtel, Vodafone India has agreed to provide additional point of interconnect to Reliance Jio. Vodafone said it had decided to increase its points of interconnect (PoI) to Reliance Jio three-fold. The move comes after Reliance Jio said that interconnection points provided by other operators were not sufficient. Earlier, Airtel had extended an invitation to Reliance Jio to discuss its requirement of additional point of interconnections and agreed to release the point of interconnections. Also Read - Best Vodafone-idea (Vi) prepaid plans under Rs 100: List of plans, unlimited data, voice calls, moreAlso Read - Airtel Rs 79 plan vs JioPhone Rs 75 prepaid plan compared: Which offers better value?
“Vodafone India has always provided the PoI to other operators for all their fair, reasonable and legitimate requirements and will continue to do so,” the company said in a statement. “Following guidance from the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) and clarifications from Jio regarding its commercial launch, Vodafone India has decided to increase its POI with Jio three-fold and accordingly increase the capacity to connect. Vodafone is hopeful that all issues it has raised with TRAI and Reliance Jio will be duly considered and resolved at the earliest,” the statement added.
“Based on industry practice, 12,500 E1 ports (interconnect points, with technical parameters) are required for 22 million subscribers, details of which have been provided to the members of Cellular Operators’ Association of India. As against this, the top three operators have released only 1,400 ports so far,” Reliance Jio said in a statement.
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 had officially launched its services on September 5. ALSO READ: Reliance Jio interconnect issue: TRAI orders Jio, Airtel and Vodafone to submit call traffic details
Talking about Reliance Jio’s offer, the existing users are now being migrated to Welcome Offer that comes with limited benefits. Reliance Industries Chairman Mukesh Ambani took announced that domestic phone calls from the Jio network will be free forever. The data plans will also reflect the affordability for customers, with an effective base rate of 5 paise per MB or Rs 50 per GB, adding that based on the usage, the data tariff could go to as low as Rs 25 per GB. ALSO READ: Reliance Jio 4G Preview Offer users are being migrated to Welcome Offer with 4GB daily download limit