Jio Says Airtel Continues To Violate Interconnect Rules

And the dirty blame game of quality of service and points of interconnect between Reliance Jio and Bharti Airtel goes on! And the customers continue to suffer.

After Airtel provided more than 7000 PoIs to Jio on Thursday, the latter, though welcomed the move, has also blamed Airtel for the call drop mess.

“More than 280 crore calls have failed between RJIL and Airtel over the last three and half months because of absolute shortage of PoI capacity,” Jio said in a statement.

Jio, who launched its commercial services in September, has been facing severe call drops on its network since then. While Jio attributed this failure to the POI issue blaming the incumbent operators, Airtel and other telcos have said the call drops could be because of Jio’s faulty networks. Jio, however, denies this.

“There are no network related issues that RJIL has faced beyond the acute shortage of POIs provided by Airtel and other incumbent operators,” Jio said, adding that Airtel is not providing right kind of PoIs.

“Airtel has continued to violate the Interconnection Agreement by offering one-way E1s as against both-way E1s as provided for in the Agreement, which would have resulted in much more efficient utilisation of interconnection resources,” it said.

The company also said that even today there are more than 4.6 crore call drops happening every day between it and Airtel.

“RJIL hopes that this situation will improve now that Airtel has consented to offering additional POIs,” it added, saying it was long ‘overdue’.

Despite of getting maximum number of PoIs from any operator -over 17,000 – from Airtel, the Mukesh Ambani-led operator is in no mood to give credit to the latter. It said Airtel did this after the intervention of authorities.

“RJIL welcomes 7,007 additional POIs provided by Airtel consequent to the meetings of the Hon’ble Minister of Communication and TRAI Chairman with the CEOs of Airtel, Vodafone, Idea and RJIL earlier this week on the subject of breach of QOS parameters,” Jio said.

On Airtel’s statement that as a responsible company and a mature operator it provided the POIs much before the 90-day license obligation period, Jio said there was no such rule in the interconnect agreement between telcos. And Airtel is not doing any facvor by offering PoIs.

“There is no entitlement of timing when it comes to such severe breach of QOS as against the 90 days indicated by Airtel,” it said.
It also said that the contention that regulatory obligations permit to provide interconnect in a period of 90 days is misplaced considering the severe QOS and congestion issues that the non-provision of POIs has caused.

“It may be noted that all operators have a mandatory and unconditional obligation under the license to provide adequate POIs to all the other operators. This is irrespective of the status of operations of the other operators or the traffic pattern and is not a favour to any operator,” the statement added.

On the traffic asymmetry issue that was raised by Airtel yesterday, and being raised by all telcos and COAI since Jio’s launch, the new operator said the traffic pattern is in line.

“With regard to the traffic asymmetry issue, the current traffic pattern is completely in line with what is expected in a new network. It would tend to move towards balanced traffic as the network matures and has sufficient scale,” Reliance Jio said.

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