Airtel gives 7,000 more interconnection points to Reliance Jio

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Indian telecom giant, Bharti Airtel, said that it has provided over 7,000 additional points of interconnect to the new entrant Reliance Jio, taking the total number of PoIs provided till date to over 17,000.

“This capacity is sufficient to serve over 75 million customers, based on the forecast provided by Jio to Airtel. This will also ensure that the quality of service (QoS) is maintained and the customers are not inconvenienced,” Airtel said in a statement.

“As a matter of fact the number of PoIs provided by Airtel to Jio is more than 2.5 times the number provided to an existing operator with a comparable subscriber base,” the company added.

The Indian telecom regulator slapped heavy penalties on three major telecom players — Bharti Airtel, Vodafone India and Idea Cellular for not providing sufficient PoIs to Reliance Jio.

In June 2016, Jio had provided its forecast of projected points of interconnect to Airtel. At a meeting in the presence of the TRAI, Jio reiterated its requirement and requested Airtel to provide sufficient PoIs in line with its forecast of June 2016.

“Our regulatory obligations permit us to provide interconnect in a period of 90 days,” Airtel said in a statement.
“We now request Jio to ensure that the additional POIs, that we have made available at a staggering pace, be operationalised with the same alacrity. This will help in identifying any network related issues, which Jio may have in their network should any problems persist, given the massive over capacities provided by us,” Airtel said.
Jio has already provided Airtel their future requirements for capacities at 100 million customers.

“As and when they ramp up their current subscriber base, we will further augment capacities ahead of time, as we have always done,” the statement said.

Airtel maintained that it was committed to comply with all TRAI regulations and Interconnect Agreements in letter.
“At the same time we request TRAI to examine the incredible asymmetry of calls terminating on the Airtel network from Jio due to free services being offered by Jio. This continued asymmetry will degrade the customer experience for Airtel customers over time and melt down networks,” it added.

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Sameeksha Bhardwaj, From ITvoir News Desk

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