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Jio, Incumbents call truce on interconnect

Reliance’s Jio was launched on September 5, 2016. Initially the company is doing
test runs, that’s why it is allowing its approximately 1.5 million users a free data
services and voice calls. I can remember the answer given by Vodafone Rajasthan
sales manager that they have plan B for the Jio launch. His answer seems correct if
we analyze the current situation. The three big players of COAI the Cellular
Operators Association of India viz. Airtel, Vodafone, Idea are playing very safe game
to cope up with the price storm started with the introduction of Jio. As I mentioned
earlier that reliance is providing free data and call services for three months for
testing purpose that call services require interconnect bandwidth if calls are made
with other operators. Now the issue is if a user connect with Jio to Jio, the quality of
calls are really good but if a user connects with other operator the call drop is the
biggest problem faced by Jio.
Why this is happening with all set Ambani’s Jio plan?
This is actually mutually decided game by top 3 other players of COAI, to not to set
free enough point of connections in the network to allow the call successfully. The
same issue was raised by the Reliance in yesterday’s meeting with TRAI and COAI.
Other players are using this tool as a weapon to resist the effect of war started by
Jio. The concerns of other operators are that the scheme bought by reliance’s Jio is
predatory in terms of pricing. According to Jio there are 1.8 Crore fail call everyday
due to restricted point of connections supplied by other operators. There are 22
million subscribers with reliance at the time to test the Jio. And for that they need
12500 interconnection ports. According to the top three players of