Decide on Reliance Jio’s free 4G service in ‘reasonable time’: TDSAT to Trai

A TDSAT bench heard arguments from both sides—Bharti Airtel and Trai—and posted the matter for the next hearing on 1 February


In its petition, Airtel had asked TDSAT to direct Trai to ensure that Jio does not provide its free voice and data plan beyond 3 December. Photo: Mint
In its petition, Airtel had asked TDSAT to direct Trai to ensure that Jio does not provide its free voice and data plan beyond 3 December. Photo: Mint

New Delhi: Telecom tribunal Telecom Disputes Settlement and Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT) on Friday asked regulator Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) to decide on Reliance Jio’s free 4G service within “reasonable time”.

The TDSAT direction came while hearing a petition filed by Bharti Airtel Ltd, which has moved the tribunal against Trai’s decision allowing Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance Jio to continue with its free promotional offer beyond the stipulated 90 days, alleging that the regulator acted as “a mute spectator” to violations.

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A TDSAT bench, comprising members B.B. Srivastava and A.K. Bhargava, heard arguments from both sides—Airtel and Trai—and posted the matter for the next hearing on 1 February.

In its 25-page petition before the TDSAT, Airtel had asked the quasi-judicial body to direct Trai to ensure Jio does not provide its free voice and data plan beyond 3 December.

In the petition, Airtel had alleged that Trai in its decision dated 20 October “erroneously” concluded that since Jio’s promotional offer of free services was only valid till 3 December, it is consistent with the direction for 90 days.

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