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Reliance Jio wants TRAI to take telcos to task

It cites licence terms that ask telecom companies to provide sufficient Po-Is unrelated to issues like traffic imbalance

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Publish Date: Aug 17 2016 12:06PM | Updated Date: Aug 17 2016 12:06PM

Reliance Jio wants TRAI to take telcos to task

 Reliance Jio Infocomm has Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) to take legal action against the country's top phone firms for violating licence terms by not providing sufficient interconnection points to let calls originating from the Mukesh Ambani-owned operator's network to go through.

 
"The continued denial and delay in the provisioning of points of interconnect (PoIs) by dominant incumbent telecom service providers is unlawful, and actionable for appropriate legal action, as prescribed in the licence agreement/apper to RS Sharlicable regulations," Jio said in a letter to TRI chairman.
 
It cited licence terms that ask telecom companies to provide sufficient Po-Is unrelated to issues like traffic imbalance or whether a carrier is offering commercial services. 
 
"RJIL has been complying with the relevant IUC (interconnect charges) payment terms with all operators per the relevant interconnection agreement and applicable TRAI regulations with respect to all of the test users," Jio said.
 
IUC is paid to company running the network where a call is received.
 
Jio's note is the latest bombardment in an exchange that started last week. 
 
The Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI) had complained to the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) that Jio was allegedly running full-fledged commercial operations with 1.5 million users in the pretext of a trial. 
 
It said Jio's offer of free voice calls to those users was leading to the blockage of networks and that the resultant "traffic imbalance" was affecting services to the incumbents' paying customers.