Jio Skips Crucial COAI Meeting

Reliance Jio had skipped a crucial executive meeting of COAI held on November 11 indicating the in-fight between the new 4G operator and the association is still at its peak.

COAI, the association of all GSM members including Jio, held its quarterly executive meeting on 11 November, however the Mukesh Ambani-led firm, decided not to participate in this.

“Unfortunately, Jio did not attend the meet. However, all other members were present. The issue was also discussed at the executive committee and other members expressed satisfaction with the functioning of COAI and its voting norms. They unanimously agreed that there is no need for changing voting rules,” COAI DG Rajan S Mathews told PTI.

Though Jio has not offered any clarification of its absence, it is believed that the new 4G operator made the no-show protesting the association’s allegedly flawed voting system. It wants a overhaul of the voting rules of COAI members.

The new operator, in September, had said the telecom operators body COAI is biased, undemocratic and needs a complete overhaul.

“COAI Regulations are overwhelmingly biased and lopsided and have been framed to sub serve the vested interests of the three incumbent dominant operators, namely, Bharti Airtel, Vodafone and Idea,” Jio stated in a letter in September addressed to COAI Chairman Gopal Vittal, also the CEO of Bharti Airtel, and Director General Rajan S Mathews.

Prior to the meeting on 11 November, the company reminding the old letter, had sought a response from the association. However, Jio did not receive any response from COAI, which could be the probable reason for not attending the executive meeting.

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