BSNL & Airtel Onboard: Jio to Receive PoIs From Both Telcos 

Both telcos have relented, after insisting that they could not make PoIs available until 2017.

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Reliance Jio boards flying across stores in Mumbai. (Photo: <b>The Quint</b>)

Airtel has finally decided to bury the hatchet with Jio and offer them sufficient inter-connectivity points (PoI) for calls to go through. Towards this, Airtel has invited Jio for a meeting to discuss its requirement for additional PoIs.

This change of heart from Airtel will ensure that Jio doesn’t face complaints of 65 percent call-drops from its users.

Airtel has been providing PoIs to Jio, well ahead of the commencement of its commercial operations. With the latest augmentation, the total number of PoIs will become three times the present number of PoIs.
Airtel Statement

Both telecom operators have been blaming each other, with Reliance claiming that its Jio network has suffered because of lack of support from fellow telecom operators. At a meeting with the TRAI earlier this month, telcos refused to open up their network to Jio immediately, and asked them to wait till start of 2017.

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Airtel, however, has relented and will offer Jio the required PoIs right away.

Based on the current traffic pattern with all other operators, this capacity is sufficient to serve over 15 million customers, which is significantly higher than Jio’s existing customer base.

But Airtel needs to ensure their own network customers are provided with quality calling support, which isn’t the gold standard to begin with.

BSNL’s Working With Jio Too

In addition to Airtel, BSNL has also signed an agreement with Reliance Jio to give them access to their spectrum network on roaming across the country.

This further strengthens Jio’s PAN-India inter-connectivity network, which offers free of cost voice-calling to and from Jio and others as well.

(With agency inputs)

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