Telco war: Reliance Jio, incumbent players to meet Trai on Friday

Telco war: Reliance Jio, incumbent players to meet Trai on Friday

Telco war: Reliance Jio, incumbent players to meet Trai on Friday

The Jio SIM card includes an offer for unlimited access to 4G internet data, free voice calls, and roaming calls for the first three months.

Assuming the government-owned BSNL-MTNL combine will be allowed to bleed rather than die, it seems likely that the four survival certainties will be Mittal's Airtel, Vodafone, Reliance Jio and Idea, unless something dramatically goes wrong with one of them.

"Such a shift could be particularly disruptive, given that most incumbents still derive the bulk of their revenue and profit from voice and text messages". "The discount in tariff are only to induce them to wait till their operator device their tariff strategy to counter Jio and ensure there is no mass migration", said market sources.

"After the promotional tariffs expire, the company will charge its users - haven't we filed our commercial tariff plans with the Trai?" the executive contended, added that by not providing Jio with sufficient interconnection points, incumbent operators were violating licence conditions.

Target to cover 90 per cent of India's population: "Today, Jio's 4G network already covers 18,000 cities and towns and over 2 lakh villages". The trial has been initiated in Mumbai and Pune which is believed as the business capital and gives the impression on Reliance Jio GigaFiber wired broadband service and may make its debut officially.

"It's way cheaper than Airtel", he said, rattling off the rates for Jio's seven different phone plans.

Consumers are also being promised to wait for some time as their incumbent operators will try to match Jio.

Referring to the free voice calls by RJio as a "free lunch", COAI said RJio seeks to pass the "overwhelming burden" on to rival operators through tariff manipulations which "exploit and game the IUC regime". It will drive more people to get onto the Internet.

The Reliance group - a conglomerate with interests in everything from oil and gas to retail and telecom - says it has invested 1.5 trillion rupees to build the mobile infrastructure.

Some users may get their hands on the SIM cards, yet they are facing issues with the activation of the SIM card. This move by BSNL comes in the wake of Reliance's announcement that it will offer voice calls and unlimited data with Jio up till the end of this year.

"In India, a challenger has never been able to beat a leader in the market". You can not use excuses that someone is doing promotions, capacity requirement has gone up, etc.

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