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Panel to examine TRAI's Rs 3,050 Cr fine on Jio Rivals

TRAI suggested a penalty of Rs 50 crore per circle, totaling Rs 3,050 crore, on Airtel, Vodafone and Idea

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Publish Date: Oct 25 2016 9:03AM | Updated Date: Oct 25 2016 9:03AM

Panel to examine TRAI's Rs 3,050 Cr fine on Jio Rivals

Technical panel would examine Telecom Regulatory Authority of India’s (TRAI) move of imposing penalty of Rs. 3,050 crore to the Reliance Jio’s telcos rivals, including Airtel, Vodafone and Idea.


On Friday, TRAI had accused existing players of stifling competition by denying points of interconnect - gateways that allow one network to seamlessly to connect to another - to Reliance Jio.


The Telecom Ministry said that they are exploring option of setting up a technical committee to examine the Rs 3,050 crore fine imposed by TRAI.


Sending a tough message to incumbent operators, TRAI imposed a penalty of Rs 50 crore per telecom circle and hold the telcos responsible for call failures. 


"When there is a technical committee, there will also be a hearing where existing companies can present their case," says a senior official.


The Telecom Ministry will also hold a round table conference of Telecom CEOs on November 11 to discuss all the issues related to the sector, including the TRAI penalty.


In the past two months, Reliance Jio had complained to TRAI as well as to the Prime Minister's Office and the Telecom Ministry that existing telecom companies were not cooperating with them.