In the last 10 days, over 22 crore calls from Jio’s subscribers have failed while interconnecting with Airtel’s network, while 52 crore calls have failed in total while interconnecting with three incumbent operators combines viz. Airtel, Vodafone, and Idea, Reliance Jio has claimed in a statement. This means that over 75 dropped out of every 100 call attempts. These alarming rates of call drops on Jio’s network is a result of Point of Interconnection (POI) congestion, the Mukesh Ambani-owned telco argues, while adding that its customers are “denied” the “superior voice technology” that it has developed. It claims to have requested Airtel and other incumbents regularly to release more POIs to provide adequate interconnectivity. However, “no action was taken for the last several week, resulting in non-compliance of TRAI regulation on quality of service which mandates that POI congestion should not affect more than 1 call in ever 200 calls made,” according to the company. Incumbents pledged to release more POIs Note that this week Idea pledged to add an additional 196 POIs “shortly” in order to handle 1.85 million more customers from Jio where calls originate. The company said that in August 2016, there were 2.97 million Jio subscribers who ended calls on Jio’s network. Idea added that there was an unprecedented asymmetry of traffic of 14.5 times between Jio and their network. “Never, ever, has such a high asymmetry been observed with a new operator in the past,” the statement added. Similarly, Airtel said that it will be providing…
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