Reliance Jio offers get another thumbs up from Trai chairman RS Sharma

By: | Published: February 9, 2017 5:56 AM

Trai chairman R S Sharma on Wednesday said that the same will be communicated to the tribunal, TDSAT.

Reliance Jio’s offers adhere to the telecom tariff order and whether they are different from one another. (Reuters)Reliance Jio’s offers adhere to the telecom tariff order and whether they are different from one another. (Reuters)

Reiterating its view that Reliance Jio Infocomm (RJio) has not violated any regulatory guidelines and that the firm’s free services offer as well as the extension beyond December 2016 till March 2017 is not discriminatory, IUC-non compliant or predatory, Trai chairman R S Sharma on Wednesday said that the same will be communicated to the tribunal, TDSAT.

It is a judicial process. I have always maintained that every entity in the country has the right to go for the judicial process… Every month hundreds of plans (mobile data and voice plans) are filed with us… This particular plans (RJio’s), the other incumbent operators have objected, so we have taken a decision. We will just file the records. The record will speak for itself,” Sharma told reporters when asked about his response on TDSAT’s directions to Trai.

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On February 6, responding to pleas filed by Bharti Airtel and Idea Cellular, the Telecom Disputes Settlement and Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT) had directed Trai to clarify by February 15 whether Reliance Jio’s offers adhere to the telecom tariff order and whether they are different from one another. Bharti and Idea, in their petitions, have alleged that the regulator was acting as a mute spectator to RJio’s violations of regulatory guidelines and interconnect user charge-related tariff norms. Later, Idea Cellular had also petitioned along the same lines. Sources in Trai said the regulator’s view has been arrived at after checking the records and following the due process, and there is “no question” of changing it.

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