‘Jio’s Happy New Year Of­fer Dif­fer­ent from Ear­lier One’

Trai tells TDSAT that co’s new of­fer caps data us­age at 1 GB, while pre­vi­ous one had no such lim­its

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New Delhi: The Tele­com Reg­u­la­tory Au­thor­ity of In­dia (Trai) said Re­liance Jio’s se­cond pro­mo­tional of­fer, chris­tened Happy New Year, is dif­fer­ent from the first one, called Wel­come Of­fer, and not an ex­ten­sion of it. The opin­ion was filed with the Tele­com Dis­putes Set­tle­ment Ap­pel­late Tri­bunal (TDSAT) on Thurs­day.

“The reg­u­la­tor has ex­plained that the Happy New Year of­fer caps the data us­age at 1GB, while the Wel­come Of­fer had no such cap and this (new) of­fer is valid till March 2,” a per­son aware of the reg­u­la­tor’s fil­ing told ET.

The fil­ing comes in re­sponse to TDSAT’s query on pleas filed by Bharti Air­tel and Idea Cel­lu­lar. The pe­ti­tions had urged TDSAT to ask the tele­com reg­u­la­tor to or­der Jio to stop of­fer­ing free voice and data ser­vices to its cus­tomers.

Bharti, and later Idea, had al­leged the Happy New Year of­fer, which be­gan on Jan­uary 1, was an ex­ten­sion of the Wel­come Of­fer, of­fer­ing the same free voice and data ser­vices, which ex­pired on De­cem­ber 31.

Trai’s opin­ion is on the lines of the opin­ion of the at­tor­ney gen­eral who has ad­vised the tele­com reg­u­la­tor on the mat­ter. The mat­ter will now be heard on February 6.

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