Source: News Bharati English24 Oct 2016 11:29:53
New Delhi, October 24: Telecomm sector regulator Telecom Regulatory Authority of India suggested imposing Rs.3,050 crores penalty on Bharti Airtel, Vodafone and Idea for allegedly denying interconnectivity to newcomer Reliance Jio which has resulted in inconvenience to Reliance Jio’s consumers as many call attempts fail.
A fine of Rs 50 crore each for 21 circles has been imposed for Bharti Airtel and Vodafone, 19 circles for Idea. Three separate recommendations are issued by TRAI to Bharti Airtel, Vodafone, and Idea dated October, 21 on the issue.
TRAI, recommended to the Department of Telecom, that it has found the trio to be non-compliant with license conditions and service quality norm given the high rate of call failures and congestion at interconnect points for Reliance Jio.
It also noted that denial of interconnection by these operators to Reliance Jio "appears to be with the ulterior motive to stifle competition and is anti-consumer". TRAI has restricted cancellation of telecom licenses of these incumbent operators claiming it may lead to "significant consumer inconvenience".
Also, Jio has accused these operators of providing less than required interconnections points needed for its users to complete calls to rivals' network. The recommendation came after Reliance Jio lodged a complaint that over 75 percent of calls on its network are failing as incumbents were not giving sufficient points of interconnect that would help complete calls.