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Reliance, Airtel continue to spar over interconnect ports

Monday, Sep 19, 2016,12:52 IST By metrovaartha A A A

New Delhi | Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance Jio and Bharti Airtel continued to spar with the former accusing the dominant incumbent of providing less than one-fourth of the Interconnection points to complete calls and the Sunil Mittal’s firm hitting back by saying the new-comer was in fact facing technical problems.

Jio retorted to Airtel’s barb of technical glitch in the network by saying there were no call drops on its network and only when its customers made calls to Airtel users that they faced problems.

First Reliance Jio Infocomm Ltd responded to yesterday’s statement of Airtel on releasing points of interconnect or PoIs saying the points being provided to enable its users to complete call on existing operators network were “substantially less”.

It said two crore calls fail daily as the largest telecom operator dilly dallies on adequate points of interconnection.

Airtel responded by calling the statement as a “constant rhetoric” that may be a “ploy” by Jio to cover up some technical issues in their own network, which is causing call failures.

Not to be outdone, Jio issued a second statement late in the night accusing Airtel of “misleading” the issue and said “while there are over two crore call failures every day between the two networks, there are no incidents of call failures within the Jio network”.

“Jio, being the aggrieved party as everyone is well aware, is doing its best to work with all the other operators to resolve this issue at the earliest. There is no question of any delay, not even of a few hours, in taking any steps at Jios end,” it said.

In the statement issued in the morning, Reliance Jio said, “The quantum of POIs proposed to be released by Airtel is substantially less than the requirement estimated based on transparent workings shared with Airtel.

“Based on the current traffic flow between the two networks, the proposed augmentation by Airtel would still only suffice for less than one-fourth of the required interconnection capacity.”

Responding to the statement, Bharti Airtel categorically denied what it called was “the rhetorical statements made by Reliance Jio with regard to the release of additional PoIs from Airtel to Jio and mobile number portability requests”.

“Following the bilateral discussions on September 13, 2016, Airtel agreed to release the additional PoIs to Jio on the same day itself and raised the demand notes on September 14, 2016.

“With the latest augmentation, the total number of PoIs provided will become three times the present number of PoIs.

This capacity will be sufficient to serve over 15 million customers, which is much more than their present subscriber base and their demand for 10 million projected customers,” Airtel said.

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