ibusinesslines.com
ibusinesslines.com October 23, 2018


Airtel flouts licence norms to sell Apple Watch 3, alleges Reliance Jio

15 May 2018, 12:47 | Melissa Porter

Airtel flouts licence norms to sell Apple Watch 3, alleges Reliance Jio

Airtel flouts licence norms to sell Apple Watch 3, alleges Reliance Jio

"Reliance Jio's aggressively priced postpaid offering entails a tangible risk to Bharti Airtel's earnings outlook", said Japanese brokerage Nomura in a note. Recently, allegations by Jio were filed to the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) wherein it accuses Airtel for violating Government's license norms.

Reliance Jio alleged that Airtel has not set-up the eSIM provisioning node within India and the node being used to provide Apple Watch Series 3 service is now located out of India in "gross violation to the license terms".

The latest Apple watch offers a service through which the customer can remain connected, make calls, receive texts and more, even without iPhone nearby. The node used for eSIM profile allocation contains network and user information such as operator identifier, SIM details, PIN, remote file management for managing SIM files remotely etc.

Reliance Jio Infocomm (Jio) has asked the telecom ministry to take "severe action" and levy "strictest of penalties" against rival Bharti Airtel for violating license conditions by using a network of nodes, used to pair a subscriber's iPhone with the latest Apple watch, based overseas which could lead to a security breach. The reason being, the network related infrastructure for pairing the Watch with iPhone isn't set inside India. We noted that a Bharti Airtel, India's largest mobile operator, were in talks with Apple for a broader strategic tie-up.

"Airtel has not set up eSIM provisioning node within India and the node being used to provide Apple Watch Series 3 service is now located out of India in gross violation of the licence terms", Jio wrote in a letter to the DoT on 11 May.


Now the report has said that as per the Unified License (UL), all network providers are mandated to put network nodes and elements inside the country.

Not only that, Jio has also demanded DoT that "strictest penalties" and "severe action" should be taken against Bharti Airtel.

To offer a such a seamless connectivity service without any issues, carriers such as Airtel and Reliance Jio offer a dedicated network node.

The new Zero Touch plan from Jio gets its name because the company claims that the customer is not required to separately activate various services like voice, internet (data), SMS and worldwide calling once he shifts to this plan. Reliance, furthermore, claims that this is a breach of national security and is a "deliberate, gross violation" of Unified License norms. The maximum for a penalty for a breach of such license conditions is ₹50 crore per circle. Airtel denied the accusations, labeling Jio's complaint as "frivolous".

"This is yet another frivolous complaint by a desperate operator, whose sole aim appears to have a monopoly over everything that they do", a Bharti Airtel spokesperson said when contacted.



Other News

Trending Now

Happy 1 month, True: Khloe Kardashian debuts her baby
She's since deleted the post, but the omission of new mom Khloe and mother of three Kourtney was really telling. Cait also said last year that Khloe hasn't talked to her "in, like, two years".

North Korea says it will dismantle nuclear test site
Pompeo said, adding that those investments are wholly contingent on the North Koeans granting "what it is the president has demanded".

Plane's cockpit window ripped out at 32000ft to force emergency landing
Liu had just leveled his aircraft at a cruising altitude of 32,000 feet when a deafening sound tore through the cockpit. Oxygen masks can be seen hanging from the ceiling as cabin crew rush to secure the plane for the emergency landing.

Erdogan: Israel is sowing terror in the middle East
The Turkish president added that a "big rally" would be held in Istanbul on Friday over the violence in Gaza. One of the reasons was the opening of the U.S.

Indian MP Shashi Tharoor charged over wife's death
Police sources say the couple fought frequently and Sunanda Pushkar had been taking depression pills without prescription. Mr Tharoor at the time had accused the police of trying to frame him even though he was not named.

Former Senator Harry Reid Diagnosed With Cancer
Doctors discovered the tumor early, while the former majority leader was undergoing a routine screening, the statement said. He now co-chairs the MGM Resorts International Public Policy Institute with former House Speaker John Boehner.

David Moyes keen to stay but Sam lacks confidence
Confident? I can't quite say confident after all I'm reading in the paper. We've not arranged a date, not arranged a time. But every manager now is in transit.