CCI To Probe Airtel, Vodafone For Alleged Unfair Business Ways Against Jio
The Reliance Industries-owned mobile network Jio has made a breakthrough from its very launch date since 2015, the network has an average of 500,000 new users per day as of 2017.
On May 11 reports claimed that complain has been filed in CCI (Competition Commission of India) against leading telecom companies for supposedly trying to block the entry of newcomer Reliance Jio.
The leading telecom companies have been accused are Bharti Airtel, Vodafone, and Idea Cellular. A senior official said that they have decided to investigate on the unfair business practice against the require telecom companies.
Orders have been passed to COAI (Cellular Operators Association of India) to examine the overall conduct, as the anti-competitive practices have been filed against its three key members.
Jio claims that the telecom companies have formed a cartel against it and have not provided appropriate Point of Interconnections (PoIs) for the call to go through networks.
On contacting Airtel about the CCI orderings, their spokesperson said, “We have not received any such communication from the CCI and would, therefore, not be able to comment and added We have already stated that we have always responded with alacrity and provided a staggering quantum of PoIs (Point of Interconnections) to Reliance Jio in record time. Whereas other companies made no response.
ET reports claim that Director General of COAI, Rajan Mathews told “Though we have not seen the order as it has not been published yet, we are disappointed at the apparent news (if confirmed), that the CCI has decided to go forward with an investigation into the complaint filed by Reliance Jio,”
Also the founder of Jio, Mukesh Ambani claims that the leading telecom companies do not provide them sufficient network connectivity which has resulted in poor network and disconnection of calls while using the network.