It seems that the fight between the Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI) and Reliance Jio is far from over as Rajan S Mathews, director general of the industry body, said he does not see any reason for an apology. “I don’t see any worthy reason for an apology. Our issues are with the regulator and not with any individual member,” Mathews told FE when asked if he will tender an apology to Jio. COAI’s differences are with the order of the regulator, he added. On February 23, Jio had threatened the COAI and Mathews with a defamation suit if he does not apologies over his comments against Trai’s latest regulations on predatory pricing. In a statement on February 20, the COAI had said Trai’s latest regulations benefit a particular operator, and hit out at the regulator saying the recent amendment has “deeply victimised” the industry. It accused the regulator of issuing a series of regulations over the past 12-18 months, including the latest order on predatory pricing, that allegedly favour Reliance Jio, which started services in September 2016.
Mathews said, “We believe the industry is going through a tough time and it is pertinent to raise issues and point our serious reservations about the Trai order. We are still examining Jio’s letter and are on discussion with our legal counsel and our members to take a call on whether a response is warranted.” Mathews explained that COAI’s intention is not to aggrieve any particular operator, which is free to pursue its interests under the framework of the laws of the land. “We’d also like to put on record that all our other member operators are unanimous in their support of our position, with absolutely no exceptions.”
India to highlight 5G readiness, tech leadership at MWC
With one of the largest delegations at the Mobile World Congress, India plans to highlight its readiness for 5G services and technology leadership, including its numero uno position globally in terms of mobile data usage, reports PTI. “We want to position ourselves not as a recipient of 5G technology but active contributor of the 5G technology…” telecom secretary Aruna Sundararajan told reporters about India’s participation in the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2018. The global telecom event will begin from February 26 in Barcelona, Spain. Telecom minister Manoj Sinha will lead a 90-people-strong delegation at the annual event. The government has set up a high-level committee to work on the 5G technology road map including participation in global standards, test facilities etc. Sundararajan said most of the used cases being showcased for 5G services at present are largely for developing advanced economies.