Reliance Jio files complaint with CCI against Airtel, Vodafone and Idea Cellular: Sources

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NEW DELHI: Reliance Jio Infocomm is understood to have filed a complaint with the Competition Commission of India (CCI), accusing Bharti Airtel, Vodafone and Idea Cellular of acting as a cartel in the telecom market.

The Mukesh Ambani-led telco, which has been engaged in a bitter war with incumbent operators since its launch in early September, has filed a complaint with the fairplay watchdog to push forward its argument that there were attempts to disrupt its launch.

“A complaint has been filed with the CCI,” sources said, without providing further details.

Jio’s complaint makes a reference to the recent order of Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) which had also made observations on purported anti-competition practices followed by the trio when dealing with Jio.

Airtel, Vodafone and Idea did not comment on the development.

In its order issued against the three operators on October 21, Trai had said that actions taken by the three operators, when dealing with Jio, were aimed at stifling competition in the market and “willfully” violate the (telecom) license conditions.

Trai had recommended a penalty of Rs 3,050 crore on Airtel, Vodafone India and Idea Cellular for not providing adequate interconnect points to Reliance Jio. The regulator had said the three incumbents were guilty of anti-consumer behaviour, in violation of mobile licence terms and conditions.
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In September, Jio had also accused the trio of acting as a cartel when it was seeking higher interconnect points for its service. In a letter written to the telecom ministry, regulator Trai, COAI and all the operators on September 25, Jio said that activities of the “incumbent dominant operators” (IDOs) through industry body COAI were in violation of competition law.

“There is no doubt that COAI, in the garb of an independent platform, is being flagrantly misused by the IDOs to freely indulge in cartelisation, abuse their dominant position, thwart competition, and act against public interest,” Jio had said.