Trai Will Con­tinue to Keep Tabs on PoI Is­sue: Sharma

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New Delhi: The tele­com reg­u­la­tor has said it would con­tinue to mon­i­tor the is­sue of “points of in­ter­con­nect” (PoIs), as the qual­ity of tele­com ser­vices in the coun­try was es­sen­tially a con­sumer is­sue. The state­ment came a day af­ter Bharti Air­tel and Re­liance Jio in­fo­comm lev­elled charges against each other on the mat­ter.

“We have been de­lib­er­at­ing on this is­sue...It is not an is­sue of (op­er­a­tor) A ver­sus B. It is an is­sue of con­sumers,” Tele­com Reg­u­la­tory Author­ity of In­dia (Trai) chair­man RS Sharma said on the side­lines of an in­dus­try con­fer­ence.

On Tues­day, Air­tel had al­leged the call fail­ure on Jio’s net­work was ow­ing to its own glitches rather than the new en­trant’s claims of in­ad­e­quate PoIs be­ing re­leased to it by the mar­ket leader. Jio re­jected the mar­ket leader’s claims, call­ing them “ma­li­cious and mis­lead­ing” and de­nied any prob­lems with its net­work.

Speak­ing about the on­go­ing case at the tele­com tri­bunal wherein Air­tel and Idea have al- leged that Trai was a mute spec­ta­tor and al­lowed Jio to flout the reg­u­la­tor’s tele­com tar­iff or­der, Sharma said, “It is a ju­di­cial process, and every en­tity in this coun­try has the right to it (the process).”

Bharti Air­tel and Idea Cel­lu­lar sought an or­der from the tri­bunal to ask Trai to di­rect Jio to stop pro­vid­ing free voice and data ser­vices.

“As you know, the tar­iffs are un­der for­bear­ance. In this par­tic­u­lar plan (by Jio), the other in­cum­bent op­er­a­tors had ob­jected. So, we have de­cided the is­sue be­tween the en­tity that filed the plan and the en­tity who had ob­jected to it. That de­ci­sion is taken, and that de­ci­sion has been ap­pealed against. We do not have to rep­re­sent our­selves. We will just file the records,” he said. Trai, as a reg­u­la­tor, has de­cided on the dis­pute be­tween the two par­ties.

“Our de­ci­sion has been ap­pealed against. We don’t have to jus­tify our de­ci­sion,” he said.”

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