Reliance Jio had lashed out at incumbent telecom operators like Airtel, Vodafone, Idea Cellular for not providing enough points of interconnect (POIs). Reliance Jio had also said that 10 crore calls fail per day from its network to Airtel due to insufficient POIs. Bharti Airtel chairman Sunil Mittal reiterated by saying that Airtel has already provided 2,100 POIs and another 1,000 POIs have been sent out. Now, Idea Cellular said that it has provided 1,865 ports to Reliance Jio, a move that has to led to an increase in capacity to 230 percent. Idea Cellular had previously provided 565 POIs earlier. The decision comes shortly after meeting between executives of Idea Cellular had Reliance Jio to mutually resolve the traffic asymmetry. Also Read - Best Vodafone-idea (Vi) prepaid plans under Rs 100: List of plans, unlimited data, voice calls, more
“As quality of service for its customers is top priority, Idea has agreed to further enhance capacity in both access and long distance interconnection, by providing over 230 percent additional capacity, allowing for two-way calling between the networks,” Idea said in a statement. “With this huge capacity expansion, over 2,100 ports will now be available for traffic between Idea and Jio, allowing sufficient buffer for the future,” it 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,” said a Reliance Industries statement on August 18. Also Read - Airtel Rs 79 vs Vodafone-Idea (Vi) Rs 79 prepaid plans compared: Data, calls, and other benefits
“As against this, the top three operators have released only 1,400 ports so far,” the company further said. A rough calculation suggests that Reliance 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.