Airtel Gives 17,000 PoIs To Jio, Says Sufficient For 75 Mn Users

Reliance Jio may not cry foul anymore over the PoIs or points of interconnect issue as Airtel today said it has provided enough PoIs to Jio that can sustain over 75 million customers.

Country’s largest operator today said it has provided 7000 additional PoIs to Reliance Jio taking the total tally to over 17,000 PoIs to the new 4G operator since launch. This number of PoIs should be sufficient for sustaining over 75 million customers.

At present, the company said, there are around 25 million customers who are making calls to Airtel network.

This development happened after Jio met other telcos on 1 November and sought the intervention of TRAI in the PoI issue. The issue has been plaguing the new operator since launch as the company is facing huge amount of call drops, at times over 75% of calls made.

The Sunil Mittal led firm said it has provided the desired number of PoIs as per Jio’s demand and forecast. In June 2016, Jio, had provided its forecast of projected points of interconnect to Airtel. At a meeting on November 1, 2016 in the presence of the TRAI, Jio reiterated its requirement and requested to provide sufficient POIs in line with its forecast of June 2016.

With this, Airtel feels, the PoI issue is resolved and Jio can ensure quality of service (QoS) is maintained and the customers are not inconvenienced.

With the latest augmentation, the company has now provided Jio the capacity to cater to 75 million customers. This is well ahead of the timeframe, since there are currently only 25 million customers making calls to the Airtel network from Jio.

“Our regulatory obligations permit us to provide interconnect in a period of 90 days. With this augmentation Airtel has provided Jio capacity that is comparable to operators with six to eight times the customer base of Jio, in mere nine weeks of their launch,” Airtel said in a statement.

“We now request Jio to ensure that the additional POIs, that we have made available at a staggering pace, be operationalised with the same alacrity.”

Airtel said, by doing this (making PoIs functional), Jio can identify any network related issues, if any, in their network.

The company also said that Jio has already provided its future requirements for capacities at 100 million customers.

“As and when they ramp up their current subscriber base, we will further augment capacities ahead of time, as we have always done,” said the statement.

The company also requested TRAI to examine the incredible asymmetry of calls terminating on the Airtel network from Jio due to free services being offered by Jio.

“This continued asymmetry will degrade the customer experience for Airtel customers over time and melt down networks,” Airtel said.

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