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Reliance Jio and Bharti Airtel continue accusing each other over interconnection

Reliance Jio has once again accused rival Bharti Airtel for not releasing substantiated number of Points Of Interconnection (PoIs) and additionally blocking Mobile Number Portability (MNP) requests coming from Airtel users. In a fresh statement, Jio says that “the quantum of POIs proposed to be released by Airtel is substantially less than the requirement estimated based on transparent workings shared with Airtel”. Airtel had earlier pledged to release an undisclosed number of PoIs, which it claimed could serve an additional 15 million new customers. The additions were apparently three times of its current numbers.  However Jio claims that Airtel’s augmentation of PoIs would “only suffice for less than one-fourth of the required interconnection capacity.” Jio claims that more than 2 crore calls are failing on a daily basis between the Airtel and Jio networks, which is a serious violation of QoS regulation set by the telecom regulator TRAI. ‘Jio blaming us to cover up its technical issues’: Airtel Airtel has however denied Jio’s allegations and stated that it has “been providing PoIs to Jio, well ahead of the commencement of its commercial operations.” The additional PoI augmentation agreed by both parties now needs to be tested on both ends, while Airtel says that it has been waiting for Jio to commence the testing. Airtel claims that its team has already installed physical equipments, and Jio has been delaying the tests. It added that lack of PoIs isn’t the only reason why Jio is facing numerous call drops, and deficiency of VoLTE stabilization:…

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