Reliance Jio Customers to customers Enjoying "Free Data" Offers: TRAI Gives a Clean Chit
Despite the regular complaints from the leading telecom operators, Reliance Jio gets a clean chit by TRAI as the promotional tariff plans adhere to the rules and tariff orders laid by Telecom Regulatory Authority of India.
Bharti Airtel, Idea Cellular and Vodafone had urged TRAI to examine Jio’s voice and data offering, free till March 2017, terming it ‘predatory’ and ‘discriminatory.’ On December 24, Airtel filed a petition with telecom tribunal, TDSAT, calling TRAI a “mute spectator” as it allowed Reliance Jio to continue its free offer beyond the agreed 90 days period. Idea Cellular, an Aditya Birla Group company, too, moved TDSAT on January 18, to stop Reliance Jio from giving free data.
In a letter to the operators TRAI specified that “The Happy New year” offer by Reliance Jio is an altogether different plan and is not in any case an extension of their earlier promotional offer. Their present offer is not in any case violating the tariff plans regulations as set by TRAI. On clear grounds, Reliance Jio can now continue their free services offer.
This news came out as a heavy blow for the leading telecom rivals. Chairman and managing director of Bharti enterprises, Mr. Sunil Bharti Mittal said,” If there is anything free in the market, the whole industry gets impacted” during the launch of Airtel Payments Bank in Delhi. In three months the largest telecom operator of the country reported 55% drop in net profits from October to December.
Other telecom operators are already bearing the heavy crunch of this price war. An employee with one of the top three telecom operators said that “if these continue, there will be job losses”.
Reliance Jio entry into the telecom industry took the nation by storm, while the consumers enjoy the free plans, the leading telecom operators are searching for other plans to keep their grip on the market intact.
Amongst all the chaos, reliance Jio took the last slice of the pie. “Happy New Year is not a violation of the regulatory guidelines on promotional offers,” TRAI said.