Airtel offers Reliance Jio three times more interconnection points

Airtel seeks Trai’s intervention in the unequal traffic flow between it and Reliance Jio


The move comes a day after Idea Cellular Ltd announced release of points of interconnection to Reliance Jio. Photo: Reuters
The move comes a day after Idea Cellular Ltd announced release of points of interconnection to Reliance Jio. Photo: Reuters

New Delhi: India’s largest telco Bharti Airtel Ltd on Tuesday said that it will offer three times more points of interconnect (PoIs) to Mukesh Ambani-promoted Reliance Jio Infocomm Ltd, which will be sufficient to serve over 15 million subscribers of Jio.

The move comes a day after Idea Cellular Ltd announced release of points of interconnection to Reliance Jio.

“With the latest augmentation, the total number of PoIs will become three times the present number of PoIs. 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,” Airtel said in a statement.

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Points of interconnect enable two networks to connect with each other to facilitate calls.

However, Airtel continued to complain about the asymmetric traffic flow between the networks of both the companies and requested Telecom Regulatory Authority of India’s (Trai) intervention in the matter.

“Having agreed to release the PoIs, Airtel said it would also need to take cognizance of the massive asymmetry in the volume of traffic between the two networks and ensure that the quality of service for Airtel customers is not impacted,” it said.

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