Vodafone promises to triple connecting points for Jio, but demands parity

By: Anil Satapathy, The Mobile Indian, New Delhi Last updated : October 13, 2020 5:33 pm

Just a few days back, Airtel in a statement had also promised more interconnect points for Jio.
India's No 2 telecom operator, Vodafone has assured to triple the interconnecting points for Jio users.

"Vodafone India has always provided Points of Interconnect (PoI) to other operators for all their fair, reasonable and legitimate requirements and will continue to do so. Following guidance from TRAI and clarifications from Jio regarding its commercial launch, Vodafone India has decided to increase the Points of Interconnect (POIs) between the two operators by thrice and accordingly increase the capacity to connect. Vodafone is hopeful that all issues that it has raised with TRAI and Jio will be duly considered and resolved at the earliest," Vodafone said in a press release.
However, in a veiled attack on Jio, Vodafone said, "To create a truly connected, inclusive and Digital India, it is vital to have a level playing field between providers offering the same service, encourage innovations and judiciously use a portfolio of technologies - 2G, 3G & 4G to service the evolving needs of consumers across the country."

Just a few days back, Airtel in a statement had also promised more interconnect points for Jio.

However, Jio complained that the its subscribers are facing call drops due to fewer interconnecting points.

RJIL has been writing regularly to Airtel and other incumbent operators regarding its requirement for interconnection capacity over the last few months. However, no action was taken for the last several weeks, resulting in non-compliance of TRAI regulation on quality of service which mandates that POI congestion should not affect more than 1 call in every 200 calls made," Jio claimed in a press release on September 14.

"The situation has deteriorated significantly in the last few weeks, with over 75 calls failing out of every 100 call attempts. In last 10 days alone, over 22 crore calls have failed on the Airtel network, while 52 crore calls have failed cumulatively on the networks of the three incumbent operators viz. Airtel, Vodafone India Ltd and Idea Cellular Ltd," Jio further alleged.

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