Airtel, Vodafone, Idea Fined For Denial Of Interconnection To Reliance Jio
TRAI has asked DoT to impose a penalty of nearly Rs. 3,000 crore on incumbent operators for failing to provide adequate interconnection
The Indian telecom regulator on Friday slapped heavy penalties on three operators — Bharti Airtel, Vodafone India and Idea Cellular for not providing sufficient points of interconnections (PoI) to Reliance Jio. It also said the action of the three operators showed “ulterior motive to stifle competition”.
As per TRAI, Airtel and Vodafone have to pay Rs. 1,050 crore each and Idea Cellular has to pay Rs. 950 crore. The penalty has been imposed for violating quality of service norms.
Reliance Jio had written to the TRAI seeking action against incumbent operators for not giving an adequate number of interconnection points.
Reliance had said that its quality of service to consumers was suffering due to this issue. Point of interconnection is the physical point where two networks connect. This is required for seamless communication when one operator’s user calls another operator’s user.
After exchanging several communications with the three operators, the TRAI arrived at the decision that each of them has been non-compliant to provide anough PoI between them and Reliance Jio.
It said non-compliance of terms and conditions of licence warrants recommendations for the revocation of licence.