The Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI) on Wednesday said its member operators have provided Reliance Jio Infocomm with inter-connectivity capacity to support...
The Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI) on Wednesday said its member operators have provided Reliance Jio Infocomm with inter-connectivity capacity to support the usual demand of 15-20 million users, far higher capacity than the company’s current base of subscribers.
“We understand Reliance Jio at present has approximately two-three million customers using their network? Hence, we are unable to substantiate Reliance Jio’s claim for additional capacity,” Rajan S Mathews, director general of COAI, said on Wednesday, in response to Reliance Jio Infocomm’s request for additional ports and the incumbent operators reluctance to provide additional capacity.
The comments come a day after Reliance Jio wrote to Trai urging action against incumbent operators for denying its requests for additional Points of Interconnection and violating licence conditions, which mandates operators to provide such facilities without discrimination.
Reliance Jio is also a member of COAI, but the forum is largely driven by incumbents — Bharti Airtel, Vodafone India and Idea Cellular — who control more than 60% of the mobile subscribers in the country.
COAI and Reliance Jio have been engaging in a regulatory war since last Monday on the issue. The top three operators led by COAI allege that Reliance Jio, in the name of testing networks, is actually offering commercial services for free and is choking the existing networks.
Reliance Jio in turn says it needs more ports and the incumbents cannot deny because of licensing conditions mandates them to provide additional ports, and it need to continue with testing of its networks.