Mukesh Ambani Meets Telecom Secretary; Updates On RJio’s Rollout Plans
The RIL chairman is also learnt to have discussed the company’s position on the standoff relating to points of interconnect with the existing cellular networks
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Reliance Industries Chairman Mukesh Ambani on Friday (19 August) met Telecom Secretary JS Deepak to discuss the rollout plans of his telecom venture Reliance Jio, which has accused incumbent players of not releasing sufficient interconnection ports during its test run of services.
According to sources, during the meeting with the Telecom Secretary, Ambani provided a full update of the rollout plans of Reliance Jio’s 4G services, which in trial phase alone has garnered 1.5 million users.
The RIL Chairman, was accompanied by his son Akash Ambani and is also learnt to have discussed the company’s position on the standoff relating to points of interconnect with the existing cellular networks.
Cellular operators association COAI and RJio have locked horns over interconnect issues, with the cellular association dubbing the latter’s testing of network as an effort to bypass regulations and the Mukesh Ambani firm hitting back saying the charge is a bid to block its full rollout.
Reliance Jio has also shot off a letter to Trai, calling for action against dominant players, including Airtel, for denying it inter-connection in “breach” of the licence agreement.
Earlier this week, COAI said its members have provided Reliance Jio Infocomm sufficient capacity to support 10 times more customer base it currently claims, and attributed congestion in the network to free calls and data service the company is currently offering.
The industry body also countered RJio claims of having 1.5 million customers in the trial phase and, citing reports, alleged that the new entrant has activated 2-3 million subscribers.
Reliance Jio hit back accusing existing operators of not releasing sufficient number of interconnection ports for the ongoing test run of its 4G services.
RJio has submitted to Trai that it will need 12,727 network interconnection for mobile services and 3068 points for STD call facility before commercial launch of its services.