Reliance Jio Slams Traffic Asymmetry Logic Of Airtel, Idea

Reliance-Jio-traffic-asymmetry-issueThough telcos like Airtel, Idea and Vodafone have offered more point of interconnects to Reliance Jio which would help the latter to address its call drop issue, the Mukesh Ambani led 4G operator has came down heavily on the incumbent players for linking the demand of more PoI to alleged traffic asymmetry.

“On the unsubstantiated apprehension regarding asymmetric voice traffic raised by Airtel, RJIL wishes  to  clarify  that  the  voice  traffic  on  its  network  is  in  line  with  industry  trends  and  as expected for any new operator,” Jio said in a statement.

Voice traffic asymmetry can be defined as the substantial difference in number of outgoing calls to the number of incoming calls.

Explaining the traffic asymmetry Jio said when a new operator begins its operations, its customer base is understandably low and a large proportion of these are new numbers that are not yet in the address book with whom they communicate.

“Therefore in the early days of operations of any new operator, there are more outgoing calls than incoming calls. Overtime, as the customer base grows, this asymmetry reduces and the traffic becomes symmetric,” Jio added.

The company said its outgoing traffic is less than 2 calls per customer per hour even during peak traffic period which requires only a reasonable number of PoIs. These calls are again not to one operator but distributed over all the operators.

“Incumbent operators are describing such a modest call rate as a Tsunami of traffic from RJIL,” Jio added.

It can be brought to notice that in just one week since the telcos’ meeting with Jio and TRAI over the PoI  issue, Airtel, Vodafone and Idea have offered almost thrice the number of PoIs to Jio than they have offered earlier.

However, while expanding the number of point of interconnects, these operators have blamed that they are seeing a lots load on their network because of Jio’s free service offer to its customers. They have also claimed that they had never witnessed this kind of ‘traffic asymmetry’ in the past.

Idea said early this week that there existed an unprecedented asymmetry of traffic of 14.5 times between Idea and Jio and the former is incurring huge loss because of this. “Never, ever, has such a high asymmetry been observed with a new operator in the past,” it said.

“The Company is incurring increasing costs due to this high level of traffic asymmetry. Unless controlled, this induced traffic asymmetry is expected to exacerbate the loss in the coming months,” it had said.

Country’s largest operator had also shared the same opinion.

“Having agreed to release the PoIs, it would also need to take cognizance of the massive asymmetry in the volume of traffic between the two networks and ensure that the quality of service for Airtel customers is not impacted,” Airtel had said while augmenting PoIs for Jio.

Vodafone had also spoken in the same tone yesterday while releasing more PoIs to Jio.

Reliance Jio, however, contradicts this logic of the incumbent operators.

“Asymmetry of traffic has absolutely nothing to do with the number of PoIs required, which is based on the total traffic in both directions and not just in one direction,” Jio explained.

While telcos like Airtel, Vodafone and Idea have hoped that the traffic asymmetry is closely watched and a level playing field be created for everyone to do their business, Jio hopes that these telcos will enhance the PoIs to meet their license obligation of quality of service and maintain the parameters on a regular basis.

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