Bharti Airtel Chairman Sunil Bharti Mittal and a Reliance Jio representative today met Telecom secretary J S Deepak amid ongoing tussle between incumbent players and Mukesh Ambani-led 4G mobile services company.
“Mittal met Telecom Secretary early in the day and Jio representative in afternoon,” a source told PTI.
While the matter discussed between Sunil Mittal and JS Deepak could not be ascertained, Reliance Jio representative expressed concern over blocking of company’s trial services by incumbent telecom operators.
A war of words has broken out between existing telecom operators and new-entrant Reliance Jio after COAI called the latter’s testing of network a bypass of regulations, with the Ambani’s firm hitting back saying the charge is a bid to block its rollout.
COAI, which has members including Bharti Airtel, Idea and Vodafone, on August 8 wrote to the Department of Telecom (DoT) demanding that Reliance Jio Infocomm Ltd (RJIL) or RJio immediately stop all connections provided to 1.5 million users because it had allegedly bypassed regulations by offering full-fledged services under the guise of test connections.
RJio hit back in an eight-page letter saying COAI charges were “malicious, unfounded, ill-informed, and frivolous and are contrary to actual facts” and was “promoting the vested interests of the incumbent dominant operators”.
COAI members including COAI Chairman Gopal Vittal (MD & CEO – India & South Asia, Bharti Airtel) and Vice Chairman Sunil Sood (MD & CEO, Vodafone India) are likely to meet the secretary tomorrow.