coai battle

Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) called all the operators in India for a meeting last Friday and on this Monday to sort out the issues. Reliance Jio and COAI battle may affect the mobile users in a negative aspect.

Reliance Jio is hitting the headlines from the day of its launch. Now, the latest topic is the war between RIL on one side and all other telecom operators on the other side.

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Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI) director general Rajan Mathews said the GSM industry body would have “no role” in Reliance Jio Infocomm’s upcoming bilateral talks with incumbent carriers for additional points of interconnection (PoIs).

“Interconnect is a bilateral, commercial matter, and the COAI has no role to play in it,” Mathews told a news official on Monday.

“In view of the above, the statement of Director General, COAI, in electronic media alleging that he was not allowed by Trai to participate in the said meeting at the behest of Reliance Jio is to say the least patently wrong, mischievous and perhaps made with a malafide intention.

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Airtel, Vodafone, Reliance Jio and Cellular Operator’s Association of India (COAI) are the members to attend the meeting today under the chairmanship of TRAI’s secretary Sudhir Gupta.

Department of Telecommunications (DoT) and TRAI have some serious differences over some of the issues related to competition and regulatory concerns which in turn gave a chance for Reliance Jio to complain against Airtel, Vodafone, and other telecom operators.

The meeting has gained significance as there exists a technical point called “Points of interconnecting.” As Reliance Jio is offering free calls over VoLTE for all its users irrespective of the network this technical obligation has a vital role to play.

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When a Reliance user makes a call from Reliance network to another network (both VoLTE and regular voice calls) it has to direct through physical Points of Interconnect. Now, the problem lies in providing these Points of interconnections by Airtel, Vodafone, and other COAI members.

Other than RIL, all others claim that they financially and physically cannot provide the interconnect points. Reliance Jio’s offer of free voice calls has placed a heavy traffic on other telecom operator’s networks and interconnected points.

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To handle the load, they need to provide new points of interconnect firstly. Unrevealed aspect at this meeting also specifies about the revenues that are lost by these operators due to JIO’s plans and the benefits that RIL will be enjoying.

One has to wait till Monday as the TRAI chairman R S Sharma will be back from his foreign tour. A final consensus may be arrived at least on this Monday i.e yesterday.

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