Airtel, Vodafone Needle TRAI On Network Tests; Reliance Jio Says Non-Issue
By Team Legistify / 2017-06-23

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Telecom operators Bharti Airtel Ltd , Vodafone Group plc and Idea Cellular Ltd Cellular have questioned regulator Telecom Regulatory Authority of India’s (TRAI) timing of a recent paper on refining mobile network test rules, calling it a 'disguise' after the damage was done by Reliance Jio Infocomm Ltd.

The Mukesh Ambani-led Jio has dismissed the charges saying the incumbents have created a non-issue around network testing, despite clarity in present rules and it is necessary to clear all ambiguities in the existing framework.

The incumbent telecom operators, under the umbrella of industry body Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI) in August 2016, alleged that Reliance Jio is bypassing regulations by offering full-fledged services under the guise of test connections and requested the Department of Telecom to ask Reliance Jio to immediately stop all connections provided to 1.5 million users.

At the time, Reliance Jio was providing free unlimited 4G data services and voice calls in the test phase. The company launched its commercial service on September 5, 2016.

Reliance Jio had refuted charges as "malicious, unfounded, ill-informed, and frivolous and are contrary to actual facts".

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