From exploiting loopholes in India’s telecom regulations to allegations of regulator bias and loss of government revenue, the Mukesh Ambani-led company raised a host of issues.
India’s taxpayer has won in a war on corruption, but may well be losing an equivalent money again as a consumer, or likely, as a taxpayer.
The transaction will be done on a “debt-free cash-free” basis, the companies said in their joint statement. It will give Bharti an additional 40 million subscribers.
The regulator has abandoned an approach suited to India. Is it any wonder that its decision has sparked allegations of being skewed in favour of one company?
The regulatory body should terminate interconnection usage charges completely by 2019 instead of 2020, encouraging operators to turn the new disruption into an opportunity to meet Digital India goals.
While arguments over methodologies and calculations will find its way to the courts, the telecom regulator believes that symmetry in tariffs will bring about symmetry in traffic.
Incumbents Airtel and Idea, for whom net IUC income accounts for roughly 15% of their wireless business, are likely to be hit hard.
The regulator should encourage IP, while 2G should be phased out. Consequently, IUC should be brought down to zero at the earliest even as a transparent method is worked out to cover termination costs in the interim period.
The best approach to solve the turf war is to have mandatory consultation between the regulators, which can be achieved by revisiting the legal framework.
There are approximately 50 crore feature phone users in India. According to analysts, Reliance could snap up anywhere between 10% to 20% of this market.
Reliance Jio has so far denied all media reports and user accounts of a data leak.
Industry observers say that the big winner could be Reliance Jio, which is looking to accumulate and directly control a large chunk of spectrum.
On Sunday evening, a website called “magicapk.com” surfaced that reportedly contained the personal data of millions of Reliance Jio users.
Although it set up India’s first inter-campus network, ERNET’s biggest success was in having trained a generation of individuals skilled in data networking.
On Thursday, telecom minister Manoj Sinha will meet with various industry players to discuss their demands. Most banks and telecom operators (barring Reliance Jio) want a number of sops to prevent industry loans from turning into NPAs.
Was TRAI, after consulting with the AG, right in allowing Reliance Jio to extend its tariff promotional offer after it expired?
The refusal of India’s telecom regulator to take action and Jio’s free data strategy has meant that the amount of money contributed towards the universal service obligation fund has dropped. Meanwhile, only urban teledensity keeps shooting up.
Reliance said the additional investment is required for its fibre network as it expands Jio’s 4G reach.
Directors of the banks may review the telecom sector latest by June 30, 2017
New offer comes less than a week after India’s telecom regulator “advised” the Mukesh Ambani-backed company to drop its Summer Surprise free data offer.
Jio says it will accept the telecom regulator’s advice and will discontinue the complimentary benefits given under the ‘Summer Surprise’ offer. However, users who have already signed up will continue to enjoy free data for next three months.
There’s a thin line between ushering in a new, digital telecom revolution and taking decisions that favour one particular player.
The Mukesh Ambani-led telecom company recently announced plans that came bundled with another three months of free data and voice
TRAI’s recent decisions have only added to the problems of the industry. In its zeal, the regulator may have gone against the basic spirit of the TRAI Act.
Jio’s Prime plan is a critical component of the company’s push to start charging its customers after starting operations in September with free data and calls.
The combined Vodafone-Idea group will be India’s largest telecom operation with almost 400 million customers, or 35% market share.
It remains to be seen whether the consumer affairs ministry plans on levying a nominal fee or issuing a public statement that criticises the companies’ actions.
J.S. Deepak’s transfer may have been prompted by his conflict with Reliance Jio and TRAI and reflects poorly on an already controversial, crony capitalism-prone sector.
Even as various Competition Commission hearings loom, a prominent US-based equity research group has effectively accused Reliance and the Modi government of crony capitalism.
Telecom regulator TRAI has said the tariff plans of Reliance Jio are in compliance with its regulations and the existing tariff orders.
While the president’s office has been quick to clamp down on any unauthorised usage of images, the prime minister’s office has stonewalled RTIs while refusing to take remedial action against Reliance Jio or Paytm.
But there is no evidence of the government rushing to take remedial action against Reliance, or other big corporate offenders who appear to have turned the prime minister into a prop for their commercial advertising.
The three month extension of free data is Jio’s way of dealing with abundant quality of service issues, a failing hardware strategy and second SIM syndrome.
The telecom regulator slaps a Rs, 3050 crore fine on Airtel, Vodafone and Idea while accusing them of stifling competition and engaging in anti-consumer behaviour.
With TRAI siding with Reliance Jio over the points of interconnect issue, incumbent telecom operators will have to prove they didn’t violate terms of their licence agreement.
If Jio’s cutthroat disruption eventually leads to the dominance of just one or two players, it may not be good for consumers in the longer run.
This is the third interview Modi has given to the Indian media since he became PM and the pattern is clear. Either the PMO has very restrictive ground rules on what can and can’t be asked, or Indian journalism ain’t what it ought to be.
The telecom industry lobby was allegedly kept out of Friday’s ‘peace’ meeting by the regulator at the behest of Reliance Jio.
All stakeholders – the government, the regulator and India’s telecom operators – need to remember that the interests of the consumer need to be placed above all else.
As Ambani channels his inner Steve Jobs and looks to shake-up Internet connectivity, the bloodbath that will follow needs to be monitored to ensure that the industry’s competitiveness and viability remains intact.