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Incumbent telcos accuse RJio of choking their networks; appeal to Dept of Telecom, not TRAI
What has been till date a closed group discussion has now come out in the open as a war with incumbent service telecom providers accusing Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance Jio (RJio) of choking their network through heavy voice call traffic. What is more surprising in this matter is, industry body Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI), instead of raising this matter with the telecom regulator, has requested intervention from the Department of Telecommunications (DoT). RJio is also a member of the industry body. This shows that the incumbent telcos are not happy with the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) as far as the competition and allowing extended trials to RJio is concerned.
 
Incumbent operators alleged that RJio is offering full-fledged services under the garb of testing, thus violating rules governing interconnection, pricing and competition.  
 
In a letter to Telecom Secretary JS Deepak, the COAI said, "This is no test. This is the provisioning of full-blown and full-fledged services, masquerading as test, which bypass regulations and can potentially game policy features like the interconnection regime, non-predatory pricing and fair competition.” 
 
RJio has been conducting trials of its 4G services since December last year. In the first stage, it offered connections to its employees. In the second stage, RJio allowed these employees to invite 10 people to test the network. 
 
COAI alleged that RJio users are consuming about 25-30 times more data than the average Indian user and 8-10 times the global benchmark as its services are free. In addition, the voice traffic emanating from RJio is burdening points of interconnet (PoIs), which is affecting subscribers of other telcos, the industry body alleged. 
 
But RJio countered it by saying, despite keeping the regulator and the DoT informed about the points of inter-connect, it was not being provided with adequate access to terminate the calls/data -- an issue, which was raised at various forums. "In fact, during the test trial process, there have been severe quality issues on termination of calls from RJio's network to other operators' network, precisely owing to this issue," it said, counter-accusing the existing players of deliberate attempt to muzzle such access.
 
The industry body also demanded RJio should cut all connections (about 15 lakh) for the extended trials. 
 
Responding to the allegations, RJio said, the extensive tests being carried out for Jio 4G services before a full-fledged launch not only have legal sanctity, but are also aimed at ensuring a high quality offering in a market, where call drops have become common place. “At the outset, the contents of the said letter from COAI are malicious, unfounded, ill-informed, and frivolous and are contrary to actual facts," said two letters from the company, one addressed to the Telecom Commission and the other to TRAI.
 
The company also quoted what it thought were relevant portions of its licencing pacts. "In view of the above said provisions of the unified license, it is reiterated the test trials being conducted by RJio are well within the scope of the terms and conditions of the unified license," said the letters from RJio.
 
COAI also accused the telecom regulator TRAI of favouring the Mukesh Ambani-led telco. In a press release, the industry body said, “….the bias is also evident from the fact that TRAI, in an unprecedented move, reduced the block size of 2,300MHz band spectrum from 20MHz to 10MHz, only to accommodate existing BWA holders who would have otherwise crossed the band-specific cap beyond 30MHz.”
 
RJio is the only operator that has pan-India 2,300 MHz band. 
 
“A clear, stable and predictable policy environment is the cornerstone of any regulatory regime that fosters industry growth and customer services. Over the past few months, the industry has seen an unprecedented deluge of discussion papers from TRAI. Some of the consultation papers appear to be heavily loaded in favour of new players and point towards a bias against the existing operators. We hope that TRAI will take a more balanced view on issues impacting the entire industry and ensure a level playing field,” the release from COAI says.
 
In the release, the industry body also cited some instances, like regulation of charges for termination of internet telephony calls, and call drops regulation, which was set aside by the Supreme Court.
 
RJio said, "We state that all steps taken by COAI, in last few days by issuing press releases, alleging unfounded biases with the regulator, and by writing letters against the test trials are in fact attempts to sabotage the market entry of RJio, a new player, and malign its name."
 
It has also sought the intervention of the authorities, and the COAI, in ensuring that existing players comply with licencing agreements and augment the points of inter-connect with RJio -- as it would otherwise be tantamount to a breach of regulations.
 

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Mahesh S Bhatt

9 months ago

Sir Badabhai hai Dadagiri is in blood Congress & BJP are his dukaans.

I am not saying Mukeshbhai is saying.Nira Radia tapes case is Subjudice and shall be forever be forgetten to be there.

Sad truth is there is no National Level quality monitoring Network Monitoring Center from DoT & Ministry of Telecom to handle Rs.3,77,683 Crore ...2014.

Kapil Sibal then Telecom Minister toned down budget from 2000 crores to 200 crores at peak of 2G scam where 176000 crores CAG losses were reported & 122 licences cancelled.

Today Ravi Shankar Prasad was branded as Call Drop Minister in Bihar & his replacement is equally same.No Change call drops happen/overbilling is norm,largest legal manipulation sector.

Nixi ( National Interconnect Exchange which connects all telcos /ISP's traffic & offers POI 's they donot know their own internal IP/MPLS data traffic statistics in IP & MPLS ( Virtual layers) Cisco/Juniper & MNC's donot share information.

We are independent Software Defined Networks vendor with top 3 telcos/1 major Ministry & 2 BFSI clients use our tools but neither DoT /Ministry wants true picture.

Its 6 blind man and Elephant stories each one is correct without TRUTH.

God also doesnot support liars.Not to talk on SOC ( Security Operating Centers ) of Indian State few months back most advanced state Maharashtra had Ransomeware attack & got paralysed.

Amen & Lets enjoy rains Om Namah Shivah on 70 year of independence next week.Take is easy sab chalta hai.

As India is Highly Developed Global Economy is Beautiful State of innately inherently Legally Illegal State of ever progress.

Mahesh

Ralph Rau

9 months ago

Time to apply for MTNL and BSNL landlines !

Hiren Patel

9 months ago

Present service providers should not be worried at all if they are efficient, consumer friendly. But everybody knows their approach and how they looted the people

SuchindranathAiyerS

9 months ago

Interesting. I can say this, as a frustrated Airtel customer, the call drops on incoming calls are phenomenal when I am at home since years and complaints to Airtel have led to no solution. I thought I might be in a air wave shadow, but there is a lot of Reliance in the vicinity too.

Indian population growth less dependent on religion, more on development
Fertility rates in India are more closely related to education levels and the socio-economic development within a state, than to religious beliefs, according to an IndiaSpend analysis of government data and research evidence.
 
The evidence we analyze shows that richer families, states with better health facilities and higher female literacy have lower fertility rates in India. Globally, there is little evidence to link religion and fertility rates, with poorer, conflict-ridden states and countries with lower female empowerment reporting higher population growth rates.
 
When the office of the Registrar General and Census Commissioner of India released fertility rates for the Indian population last year, the conversation was hijacked by the difference in population growth rates across religions. Several newspapers emphasized that the data showed that Muslim women had higher fertility rates than non-Muslims, and that the percentage of Muslims in the population was steadily growing.
 
This implicit suggestion that Muslims have more children than other religious communities missed data that shows how population growth rates and the Total Fertility Rate (TFR) vary widely between India's states. The TFR seems more closely related to per capita income, healthcare and other basic facilities in that state.
 
Development and fertility: The case of Kerala and UP
 
Compare, for instance, Kerala and Uttar Pradesh (UP). In 2011, the TFR of Uttar Pradesh, at 3.3, was higher than the Indian average of 2.4, and higher than the TFR in Kerala, at 1.8, according to census data. The Muslim population in Uttar Pradesh increased 25.19%, while the Muslim population in Kerala increased 12.83%  between 2001 and 2011. Over the same period, the Hindu population increased 18.9% in Uttar Pradesh and 2.8% in Kerala.
 
The higher growth rates of Muslims in northern states are “more or less part of a northern culture than a Muslim culture”, N.C. Saxena, the former secretary of the Planning Commission of India, said in an interview to The Wire, a nonprofit journalism portal. 
 
The states with the highest fertility rates in India are all in north and central India -- Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan (TFR 2.9), Jharkhand (2.8), and Chhattisgarh.
 
These overall fertility rates seem more related to the state's development. For instance, Kerala has a literacy rate of 93.9%, compared to 69.7% in Uttar Pradesh in 2011. In the same year, 99.7% of mothers in Kerala received medical attention at delivery compared to 48.4% of mothers in Uttar Pradesh. Besides, 74.9% of women were above the age of 21 in Kerala at marriage, compared to only 47.6%  in Uttar Pradesh.
 
Another way to interpret population growth rates is through the difference in poor and rich states. Empowered Action Group (EAG) states, which include the poorest in India --Rajasthan, UP, Uttarakhand, Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, and Chhattisgarh -- have higher population growth. Between 2001 and 2011, the population of EAG states grew 21% compared to 15% for the rest of India. Still, decadal population growth rates in even EAG states have fallen when compared to the decadal growth rate of 24.99% between 1991 and 2001.
 
One reason for the higher Muslim fertility within a state, could be because of wealth-related factors.
 
Survey information showed that families in the lower wealth quintiles have more children than richer families. For instance, in Bihar, women in the lowest wealth quintile have a TFR of 5.08 while women in the highest quintile have a TFR of 2.12. The same holds true for a richer state, like Maharashtra, where the lowest wealth quintile has a TFR of 2.78, compared to the richest wealth quintile with a TFR of 1.74.
 
On average, Muslims across India are poorer than Hindus, with an average monthly household per capita expenditure of Rs833, compared to Rs888 for Hindus, Rs1,296 for Christians and Rs1,498 for Sikhs, according to a 2013 National Sample Survey report, based on data from 2009-2010.
 
Indian women have more children than counterparts in many Muslim countries. There is little evidence internationally of the correlation between religion and fertility rates.
 
For instance, according to World Bank data, in 2014, Bangladesh, India's Muslim-majority neighbor, had a TFR of 2.2. Iran, another Muslim country, has a TFR of 1.7, below replacement level, which means the current population cannot be replaced at the prevailing population growth rate.
 
In India, the Muslim growth rate is falling faster than the growth rate of Hindus.
 
The decadal population growth rate of Muslims fell 4.9 percentage points from 29.5% in 2001 to 24.6% in 2011, while that of Hindus fell 3.5 percentage points, from 20.3% to 16.8%. In 2001, 65.1 per cent of all Hindus, above the age of 7 years, were literate, while 59.1% of Muslims were literate, according to census data. In 2011, the percentage of literate Hindus rose to 73.3%, while that of Muslims increased to 68.5%.
 
Fertility rates of populations that have higher fertility, such as low-income families and Muslims, are falling faster than other groups, as methods of contraception and education spread to these groups, said one expert.
 
Disclaimer: Information, facts or opinions expressed in this news article are presented as sourced from IANS and do not reflect views of Moneylife and hence Moneylife is not responsible or liable for the same. As a source and news provider, IANS is responsible for accuracy, completeness, suitability and validity of any information in this article.

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Praveen Kumar

9 months ago

Stats can be used to wrongly portray the truths like the above one.. Its in Islamic culture that mens are treated based on number of their kids

Praveen Kumar

9 months ago

Stats can be used to wrongly portray the truths like the above one.. Its in Islamic culture that mens are treated based on number of their kids

Praveen Kumar

9 months ago

Stats can be used to wrongly portray the truths like the above one.. Its in Islamic culture that mens are treated based on number of their kids

Anand Vaidya

9 months ago

Looks like the entire goal of the article is to insist "Muslim population is growing faster not because of religious reasons but because of poverty/education". The expenditure as shown in the article between hindu and muslim per capita differs by a measly Rs 50....

If development and education indeed does reduce TFR, why is it so high in KL? (among Muslims)

R Balakrishnan

9 months ago

I disagree. In Chennai, well off families from the Muslim Community think and say that they should have as many children as possible. So development may have a role to play, but religion is a stronger force

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