Reliance Jio, Idea ramp up claims over interconnection points

Reliance Jio challenges Idea’s statement that the latter has added more points of interconnection


Reliance Jio said that Idea has only operationalised 50 new points and the additional capacity provided is only 34% as against the 230% claimed by Idea. . Photo: Indranil Bhoumik/Mint
Reliance Jio said that Idea has only operationalised 50 new points and the additional capacity provided is only 34% as against the 230% claimed by Idea. . Photo: Indranil Bhoumik/Mint

New Delhi: Idea Cellular Ltd on Friday said it is increasing the points of interconnection (PoIs) with Reliance Jio Infocomm Ltd, following a discussion between the two companies.

“Idea has now provisioned 1,865 ports for access, from 565 earlier – a 230% increase in capacity. Simultaneously, the NLD (national long distance service) capacity is also being expanded by nearly 50%. With this huge capacity expansion, over 2,100 ports will now be available for traffic between Idea and Jio, allowing sufficient buffer for the future,” Idea said in a statement.

A PoI enables two networks to connect with each other to facilitate calls.

However, Reliance Jio issued a statement on later in the day saying that almost 4 crore calls are failing between Idea and its networks on a daily basis.

Accusing Idea of lacking intent to resolve the issue, Reliance Iio said in a statement,” Over 750 calls per 1,000 are failing per day between Idea and Jio networks, which translates to 4 crore calls failing per day. Over 12 crore calls fail daily between Jio and the networks of Airtel, Vodafone and Idea. This is a breach of license conditions by the incumbent operators and severely impacts customer interests. This is against zero call failures on the Jio network.”

Reliance Jio said that Idea has only operationalised 50 new points and the additional capacity provided is only 34% as against the 230% claimed by Idea.

The war for interconnection points is taking an ugly turn with operators and Reliance Jio accusing each other of unfair competition. The telecom regulator has taken matter into its own hands as it asked telcos to submit data on congestion in networks on 19 September.

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