Reliance, Airtel Continue to Spar Over Interconnect Points
Airtel has a tough fight on its hands to counter Reliance Jio 4G. (Photo: Reuters)
Airtel has a tough fight on its hands to counter Reliance Jio 4G. (Photo: Reuters)

Reliance, Airtel Continue to Spar Over Interconnect Points

Continuing their war of words, Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance Jio on Sunday accused Bharti Airtel of providing less than one-fourth of the necessary points of interconnect (PoI’s)to complete calls between the two networks, a charge vehemently denied by the Sunil Mittal-led firm.

Reliance Jio, the newest player in telecom arena, alleged that Airtel was abusing its market dominance and was indulging in “anti-competitive behaviour”, as it put the blame for over two crore call failures everyday squarely on the older rival.

“It is apparent that Airtel continues to abuse its market dominance by imposing onerous conditions which will imminently hinder RJIL’s ability to efficiently utilise the additional E1s,” it said in a statement.

“It appears that the QoS (Quality of Service) will continue to suffer and Indian customers will be denied the benefits of superior and free voice services as a result of such anti-competitive behaviour,” it added.

The comments come a day after Airtel said it will work towards releasing the points of interconnect or PoIs “well ahead” of the contractual obligation.

Reliance Jio Infocomm Ltd (RJIL) said the PoIs provided to enable its users to complete calls on existing operators’ network were “substantially less”.

It said two crore calls fail daily as the largest telecom operator dilly-dallies on adequate PoIs.