After the likes of Airtel, Vodafone India on Thursday said that it had decided to increase its points of interconnect (PoIs) with Reliance Jio by up to three times. Though Jio has welcomed the move, it still says that the number of PoIs falls short of actual requirement. “Vodafone India has always provided the PoI to other operators for all their fair, reasonable and legitimate requirements and will continue to do so,” a company statement said. 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?
“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 Jio will be duly considered and resolved at the earliest,” the statement added. Reliance Jio said the decision was welcome, but with a caveat. “The quantum of POIs proposed to be released by Vodafone as per its press release is substantially less than the requirement estimated based on transparent workings shared with Vodafone,” it said in a statement. Also Read - Reliance JioFiber plans with free Voot Select subscription: Check plans, price, and other benefits
The company said while it has been writing regularly to Vodafone, no action was taken for the last several weeks, resulting in non-compliance of regulations on quality of service that mandates that PoI congestion should not affect more than one call in every 200 calls made. A rough calculation suggests that Jio 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.
“The situation has deteriorated significantly in the last few weeks, with over 80 calls failing out of every 100 call attempts. In the last 10 days alone, over 15 crore RJIL calls have failed on the Vodafone network,” it said. “Reliance Jio hopes Vodafone will enhance the PoI’s sufficiently to meet their license obligation of quality of service with immediate effect and maintain these parameters on an ongoing basis.” ALSO READ: Reliance Jio interconnect issue: TRAI orders Jio, Airtel and Vodafone to submit call traffic details