The ongoing tussle between existing telecom operators and new entrant Reliance Jio Infocomm has got murkier. Reliance Jio Infocomm has now written to the Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI), accusing it of taking unilateral decisions at the behest of incumbents, on sending representations to the government.
In a letter addressed to COAI Director General Rajan Mathews., the telecom operator writes, “It only evidences further COAI is openly promoting cartelisation in the guise of promoting the cause of the industry, while actually perpetrating anti competition practices and misguiding and misinforming the Government, Statutory Authorities and the consumers.”
Reliance Jio strongly refuted the claims of the COAI that its members are providing sufficient inter-connection points for its 4G services, saying the reality was that such access was grossly inadequate.
Being a core COAI member, Reliance Jio has said it should have been consulted, and its comments and views considered, as part of any representation COAI intended to send to any government official.
Jio said on Monday, it got an e-mail from COAI at 3:05 pm, stating “COAI expects to send to the respective government officials in the continuing matter of Jio’s test programme”. However, the body had already sent the attachments to government officials as early as 12:50 pm.
“Your e-mail is, therefore, a blatant lie and a fraudulent act, in as much as Reliance Jio is being reached out to post facto, making it appear the said attachments were actually not sent, as at the time of sending your e-mail,” accused Jio.
“Please be warned that COAI shall refrain from continuing the perpetration of above acts of misdeeds forthwith,” Jio cautioned.
Jio has marked a copy of the letter to Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, Telecom Minister Manoj Sinha, the Prime Minister's principal secretary, Nripendra Misra, Telecom Secretary J S Deepak and sector regulator R S Sharma.
Click here to Read the original letter.