Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has decided to hold a meeting on Friday with all the telecom players due to the ongoing tension among the incumbents and Reliance Jio. The issues between the incumbent players and Reliance Jio are based on the apparent lack of sufficient points of interconnect (POIs) not being provided that is causing massive call failures. The telecom regulator also stressed that the consumers are of paramount interest and decided to hold the meeting. TRAI Chairman RS Sharma said that the telecom companies which are failing to provide adequate POIs to Reliance Jio that is resulting in call failures will be issued show cause notice. Also Read - Reliance JioFiber plans with free Voot Select subscription: Check plans, price, and other benefitsAlso Read - Airtel introduces new postpaid plans with more data, refreshes Family postpaid plans too
I have asked my department to fix the meeting either on Friday. A few companies have written letter to us that Reliance Jio is violating some particular order. They have sought a meeting over that, RS Sharma said. It’s a competitive market. Our (watchdog) job is to promote healthy competition. It is an interesting market. You have competition through collaboration. You cannot compete unless at some point of time you interconnect. The competition cannot be created in silos. This is an interesting thing and we need to take care of these issues in a manner that the whole thing grows, he added. Talking about the ongoing spat between Reliance Jio and incumbents, Sharma said business interest clash may happen but consumers should not get affected.
Earlier, Reliance Jio said that the POIs provided by other operators were not sufficient. Based on industry practice, 12,500 E1 ports (interconnect points, with technical parameters) are required for 22 million subscribers, said a Reliance Industries statement on August 18. As against this, the top three operators have released only 1,400 ports so far, the company said. 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