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Friday 20 January 2017
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Airtel challenges TRAI decision allowing Reliance jio to extend its free services till March 2017

There seems to be no end to the telecom wars any time soon, with Reliance jio extending its free services till March 2017, other incumbent operators are not happy with the TRAI’s decision allowing Jio to extend its free services.

Bharti Airtel on Friday moved telecom dispute tribunal TDSAT against TRAI allowing Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance Jio to continue free promotional offer beyond stipulated 90 days, charging the telecom regulator of being a “mute spectator” to violations.

 

Airtel filed a 25-page petition before TDSAT, asking the judicial body to rule against Jio’s continuation of free voice and data services beyond December 3. Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance Jio recently announced the second round of its welcome offer, dubbed as Happy New Year offer, to give users free services till March 31, 2017, and not end the saga on December 31, 2016, as previously anticipated.

Airtel alleged that Reliance Jio has been violating rules of TRAI’s tariff orders since March 2016, causing “significant prejudice and day-to-day loss” to it and “affecting its network” as it has to bear asymmetric traffic due to free call offer by Reliance Jio.

In the latest petition filed last week, TRAI said that it would need 10 more days to come up with a conclusion. But the TDSAT asked TRAI to revert with a decision on the next day and also directed Reliance Jio to file an impleading application, PTI reported.

The next date of hearing has been set on January 6.