Airtel Offers Reliance Jio Additional Points of Interconnection
Airtel decides to offer additional points of interconnection (POIs) to Jio telecom services, after its talks with Reliance Industries on Tuesday. The move has been welcomed by Reliance and hopes other operators will follow the pattern.Airtel in a statement said – “Airtel has been providing POIs to Jio, well ahead of the commencement of its commercial operations. With the latest augmentation, the total number of POIs will become three times the present number of POIs,”
Further stated – “Based on the current traffic pattern with all other operators, this capacity is sufficient to serve over 15 million customers, which is significantly higher than Jio’s existing customer base.”
On reaching an agreement to release the POIs, Airtel said it will need to take notice of the massive asymmetry in the volume of traffic between the two networks and ensure Airtel customers are not affected by the quality of service.
On the other hand, Reliance Industries welcomed the move and said it has been writing regularly to Airtel and other incumbent operators regarding its requirement for interconnection capacity over the last few months, while also highlighting the adverse impact on the quality of Jio service.
“However, no action was taken for the last several weeks, resulting in non-compliance of Trai (Telecom Regulatory Authority of India) regulation on the quality of service which mandates that POI congestion should not affect more than 1 call in every 200 calls made.”
Reliance also said in past few weeks, over 75 calls have been failing out of every 100 call attempts – and in last 10 days alone, over 22 crore calls have failed on the Airtel network, while 52 crore calls have failed cumulatively on the networks of three incumbents – Airtel, Vodafone, and Idea.
“Reliance Jio hopes that Airtel as well as, other incumbent operators will enhance the POIs sufficiently to meet their license obligation of the quality of service with immediate effect and maintain these parameters on an ongoing basis.”