Mukesh Ambani owned Reliance Jio has filed a complaint with the Competition Commission of India (CCI) claiming that Bharti Airtel, Idea, and Vodafone have formed a cartel to restrict its operations, reports Economic Times. Jio’s complaint also mentioned that the three operators have not provided adequate Points of Interconnection (PoIs) for hosting calls on it network. MediaNama contacted Jio for a comment, but the company did not respond to our written queries. The report added that the case would be heard within a fortnight with the presence of the three operators and Jio. Idea is yet to respond to MediaNama’s queries. A spokesperson from Airtel said it has not received any official communication regarding the complaint and was unable to provide a detailed comment. “However, any such fanciful and baseless allegation of a cartel of three competitors operating in a highly competitive and price sensitive market, needs to be debunked...These allegations follow a standard pattern of browbeating and are aimed at creating multiple regulatory hurdles in the sincere efforts of other players in the space. As a responsible corporate, we have always been in compliance of all regulations,” the Airtel spokesperson added. A spokesperson from Vodafone said that it did not aware of a CCI complaint. The company currently claims to have released enough PoIs to cater to 50 million customers; but did not provide an number. "Vodafone is a responsible telecom service provider, committed to Digital India. We are pro-consumer, pro-choice and pro-innovation. We conduct our business in adherence…
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