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Vodafone to challenge Trai nod to Reliance Jio promotional offers

LiveMint logoLiveMint 27-02-2017 Shreeja Sen

New Delhi: Vodafone India Ltd on Monday told the Delhi high court that it would challenge two communications from the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) which cleared promotional offers of Reliance Jio Infocomm Ltd (R-Jio).

Vodafone India, through lawyer Dayan Krishnan sought the court’s permission to amend the telecom service provider’s earlier petition accordingly. The petition, filed last month, originally asked the high court to remedy alleged inaction by the telecom regulator to ensure compliance with its regulations, guidelines and directions.

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R-Jio, a party to the case, has consistently opposed Vodafone’s petition, contending that the appropriate forum to decide the dispute was the Telecom Disputes Settlement and Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT).

The two communications from Trai dated 20 October 2016 and 2 February, in response to pleas made by incumbent telecom operators including Vodafone and Bharti Airtel Ltd, had said that the R-Jio tariff plans were not IUC non-compliant, apart from being predatory or discriminatory.

IUC refers to interconnection usage charge, or termination charges paid by the telco from which the call originates, to the telco which receives the call.

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Trai on Monday said the two communications would not be appealable under the provisions of the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India Act, 1997.

The case will be next heard on 10 March, when Vodafone’s amended petition is likely to be considered by the high court.

A set of cases, on similar issues against R-Jio’s promotional offers, will also be heard by the TDSAT on 28 February.

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