Telecom sector regulator TRAI has on Friday met telecom operators Reliance Jio, Bharti Airtel, Vodafone and Idea to discuss regarding the ongoing tussle over the network interconnection, but barred the officials of industry body COAI from the meeting.
"This is fight for justice, fight for customers. Not just Reliance Jio customers or Airtel or Vodafone but for all Indian customers," Reliance Jio Infocomm Board Member Mahendra Nahata said.
"We have asked for right number of connect, right quantum of interconnection. We have put forth our point of view to TRAI. It is for TRAI to look into the matter. There is no time frame indicated by the TRAI," Mr Nahata said.
Interconnection among the networks has to be done based on the mutual agreement by the telecom companies and any dispute in this regard should be brought to the notice of TRAI, which can take a decision on the matter.
Industry body Cellular Operators Association of India, has been confronting Reliance Jio on behalf of incumbents and alleged that it was kept out of the meeting on insistence of Reliance Jio.
"COAI has been kept out of the TRAI meeting at the insistence of RIL Jio, and TRAI acquiesced to their demand in an unprecedented manner," COAI Director General Rajan S Mathews said.
"We have not said any such thing. Whosoever was invited should attend the meeting," Mr Nahata said.
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