Reliance Jio seeks time till December 29 to respond to queries of TRAI
Trai is looking at Jio's new promotional offer and it has said that preliminary examination of the new offer filed with it "prima facie" revealed that except for minor changes in the quantum of data in the new offer, it seemed to be an extension of the old promotional offer beyond 90 days.
In trouble with Telecom Regulatory of India (TRAI), Reliance Jio has now sought additional time till December 29 to respond to telecom regulator Trai's query on why the extension of its free voice and data plan should not be seen as a violation of existing norms that requires promotional offers to be limited to 90 days.
According to the reports, Trai had written to Jio on December 20 asking it to explain within five days why the 'Happy New Year offer' should not be seen as "violation" of regulatory guidelines and also why the offer of free data under the promotional scheme should not be treated as "predatory".
Reports have now quoted its sources to claim that Jio has sought additional time.
It is to be noted that Trai is looking at Jio's new promotional offer, after which it has said that preliminary examination of the new offer filed with it "prima facie" revealed that except for minor changes in the quantum of data in the new offer, it seemed to be an extension of the old promotional offer beyond 90 days.
Trai has also asked Jio to give an estimated month-wise projection of the number of subscribers that are expected to be added till March 31, 2017.
Jio had earlier told Trai that the latest Happy New Year offer is substantiatively different from the Jio Welcome Offer (that commenced on September 5) as in the initial offer it had provided 4GB of free data per day, and in the new offer the same was capped at 1GB under Fair Usage Policy.
Furthermore, according to Jio, in the first offer there was no option of renewal or payment after the 4GB limit was exhausted, but in the new offer, one can recharge both data and the promised speed.
Interestingly, Jio has 6 per cent market dominance of the installations in the country whereas the Competition Commission of India (CCI) norms specify 30 per cent threshold to trigger the 'misuse of market dominance' clause.
The incumbent operators had sought after Trai when Jio was launched in September, calling its schemes predatory and anti-competitive.