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Reliance Jio interconnect issue: TRAI refutes COAI allegations, seeks apology

TRAI conducted a meeting with telecom operators Reliance Jio, Airtel, Vodafone and Idea to discuss and resolve the ongoing issue of interconnection. While the industry body COAI alleged that it was barred from attending the meeting, TRAI has debunked all allegations and asked for apology.

  • Published: September 10, 2016 11:04 AM IST
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Stung by COAI s allegations over keeping the group out of its meet with telecom operators, regulator TRAI has asked the cellular operators’ body to take back its words and apologize for “malafide and patently wrong statement,” TRAI wrote in a letter to COAI chairman Gopal Vittal. “The statement of Director General, COAI in the electronic media 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. 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 said. Also Read - Airtel Rs 79 plan vs JioPhone Rs 75 prepaid plan compared: Which offers better value?

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TRAI conducted a meeting with Reliance Jio and incumbent telecom operators — Airtel, Vodafone and Idea to resolve the ongoing dispute over inter-connecting points. However, COAI, which represents incumbent players as well as Reliance Jio, was kept out of the meet. Mathews has alleged that COAI was “kept out of the TRAI meeting at the insistence of RIL Jio, and TRAI acquiesced to their demand in an unprecedented manner.” Also Read - JioFiber broadband plans with free Netflix subscription: Check plans, price, data benefits, more

TRAI said that as the issue involved bilateral arrangement between telecom service providers “naturally neither COAI nor any other association was invited for this meeting. This position was also clarified to the Mr Rajan Mathews, Director General, COAI before the meeting today.” Reliance Jio Board Member Mahendra also refuted the allegation. ALSO READ: Reliance Jio accuses telcos of releasing lesser number of interconnection ports

“We have not said any such thing. Whosoever was invited should attend the meeting,” Nahata said. Mathews too said that COAI was not invited to the meeting but the meeting was held based on their letters and as a stakeholder they wanted to be a part of it. ALSO READ: COAI rejects Reliance Jio s request for additional points of interconnection

COAI last month had accused Trai of being biased but later apologized for the same. The issue of interconnectivity between telecom networks has, in fact, become the flashpoint for one of the fiercest corporate battles in the sector. Interconnection is required to enable mobile users to make calls to customers of other telecom networks, and is all- important for Reliance Jio which is scripting a disruptive entry into 4G market. ALSO READ: Reliance Jio call drops: Ambani, COAI fight over interconnect issue

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  • Published Date: September 10, 2016 11:04 AM IST



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