Telecom tussle turns ugly: COAI DG forced to leave TRAI meet on interconnect after Reliance Jio objects

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Published: September 9, 2016 1:40:50 PM

COAI hit out at TRAI and Reliance Jio, saying, "We have been kept out of the TRAI meet at insistence of Reliance Jio."

Reliance Jio, Reliance Jio news, Reliance Jio Mukesh Ambani, Reliance Jio telecomReliance Jio?s official is reported to have said that since the name of COAI DG was not in the letter as an invitee, he should not be allowed to attend the meeting.

Reliance Jio entry: The ongoing telecom tussle far from getting sorted, is actually taking a turn for the ugly, with the COAI (Cellular Operators Association of India) DG being forced to leave from a TRAI-Industry meeting today. The meeting had been organised by TRAI (Telecom Regulatory Authority of India) to help telecom operators resolve the ongoing interconnect row. However, Reliance Jio’s official is reported to have said that since the name of COAI DG was not in the letter as an invitee, he should not be allowed to attend the meeting.

COAI hit out at TRAI and Reliance Jio, saying, “The TRAI has acquiesced to Jio demand in an unprecedented manner. We have been kept out of the TRAI meet at insistence of Reliance Jio.” “It is unfortunate that COAI was excluded from the meeting,” said COAI DG Rajan Mathews. “All side of the parties are trying to solve the issue. I see the adversarial position of Reliance Jio increasing,” he added.

Reliance Jio has accused GSM operators of denying interconnection to its customers. “It’s a fight for customers, justice and not for any particular operator. We have raised the issue of interconnect points with TRAI,” Reliance Jio said after the meeting. The incumbent operators, under the aegis of COAI, have locked horns with the new entrant Reliance Jio – which has charted an aggressive tariff and roll out strategy for 4G services – over points of interconnect or connectivity within various networks.

Seeking to silence criticism over its functioning and voting rights on critical policy-related matters, COAI yesterday said it is a “democratic association” and asserted that five of its six members are in agreement on issues such as interconnect. Reliance Jio has reportedly questioned the governance and the voting process being followed by the association, of which it is also a member.

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