Battle between Reliance Jio and major telcos?


Mumbai-based telcom services provider Reliance Jio is seeking action against major telcos for violating MNP rules and WiFi rules.

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Jio has accused Bharti Airtel, Vodafone India and Idea Cellular as they rejected all requests by users to port their mobile numbers to the Jio network, and urged sector regulator to impose financial disincentives on them.

Jio called this as the purported action of the incumbents a “blatant disregard” to licence conditions. It is seeking for revocation of their licences even if they continue to deny mobile number portability.

Jio noted in a letter dated September 14, addressing to Trai Chairman RS Sharma that the regulator should direct the dominant incumbent operators to comply with the license terms and obligations.

Airtel and Vodafone denied the charges. A spokesperson from Airtel told that the company was meeting all MNP requests as per guidelines while Vodafone told that it allowed all requests to port to Jio. But Idea didn’t responded to an email seeking comment, according to a report.

The two warring sides have taken conflicting positions on Trai’s discussion paper. This is to boost broadband penetration via low-cost WiFi in public places. Jio and COAI (Cellular Operators Association of India), the body representing Vodafone, Idea and Airtel, have seperated on a host of issues, including core objectives of the WiFi technology and the need to de-licence more spectrum for WiFi services.