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Jio says Airtel gesture welcome, but won't address call drops
Reliance Jio on Sunday welcomed Bharti Airtel's decision to provide better interconnection for its calls. But it also said the number of such points proposed remained substantially less than actual requirement -- and these won't be able to address the issue of large-scale call drops. Airtel rebutted in a counter-statement.
 
"Based on the current traffic flow between the two networks, the proposed augmentation by Airtel would still only suffice for less than one-fourth of the required interconnection capacity," a Jio statement said.
 
"More than two crore calls are failing everyday between the two networks, which is far in excess of the quality of service parameters and of alarming proportions. Urgent steps are required to be taken in the interest of customers of both operators," the statement said.
 
"It is unfortunate that the Telecom Regulatory Authority's intervention was required for Airtel to resume augmentation of points of interconnection, which it ought to have done by itself in compliance with its licence terms."
 
The statement comes a day after Airtel said it has received the payments due on interconnection from Jio and that after executing the agreed augmentation in such points, their total number will be three times that at present. It also said the capacity will be sufficient to serve over 15 million Jio customers, and added it will be much more than Jio's subscriber base.
 
"While the interconnect agreement provides for a commissioning period of 90 days from the day Reliance Jio makes the payment, Airtel will work towards releasing the points of interconnect well ahead of the contractual obligation," said Airtel.
 
But this point was refuted by Jio.
 
"The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India's regulation does not provide for 90 days to adhere to quality of service parameters. The authority, in fact, instructed the incumbent operators to urgently provide requisite interconnection capacities to maintain quality of service parameters and not to make this subject to any contingencies or restrictions."
 
Jio also found fault with the type of interconnection points Airtel was offering, and said it was a clear case of abuse of market dominance. 
 
"It appears that the quality of service will continue to suffer and Indian customers will be denied the benefits of superior and free voice services as a result of such anti-competitive behaviour."
 
But Airtel in a statement later charged Jio with dillydallying on the issue and deliberately not cooperating on interconnection. It also said such complaints may be a ploy by Jio to cover up some technical issues in their own network.
 
This was again refuted by Jio in another statement later on Sunday, while calling Airtel's rebuttal misleading and unfortunate.
 
"While there are over two crore call failures every day between the two networks (Jio to Airtel), there are no incidents of call failures within the Jio network," the Jio statement said.
 
It added that the company not only wanted subscribers to enjoy high-definition Jio-to-Jio calls, but was also invited third party, independent assesses like the resource and monitoring wing of the telecom department to confirm the veracity of its claims. 
 
Another issue of contention has been portability.
 
Jio said the rival has been blocking mobile number portability for migration of potential Airtel subscribers to Jio -- but the other side maintained that all requests were being processed as per guidelines. 
 
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Amitabh Kant for fewer laws regime for growth of business
There is a need to dismantle a lot of rules and regulations to uplift business in India, Niti Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant has said.
 
Addressing a chief secretaries' conclave, aimed at giving a push to ease of doing business, Kant said here on Saturday that paperwork has made it difficult to do business in the country.
 
"We need to dismantle a lot of rules and regulation in order to uplift business," he said.
 
States must learn and compete with one another to develop, as growth alone will help in eliminating poverty, social inequality and other problems, Kant said, and added that states need to push for innovation and make India a country of 'job creators' rather than 'job seekers'.
 
Contending that India has made good progress in the World Bank rankings in terms of ease of doing business, Cabinet Secretary Pradeep Kumar Sinha said that introduction of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) is going to be a game changer.
 
He, however, added that implementing GST across the country is going to be a challenge for the government.
 
Sinha underlined that a lot has been done to reduce cost and documentation in the area of international trade.
 
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'Mormugao' - second Visakhapatnam Class destroyer launched
The Mazagaon Dock Shipbuilders Ltd (MDL)'s second Visakhapatnam Class-destroyer, with more than 60 per cent indigenization and increased stealth power, was launched ahead of its schedule here on Saturday, officials said.
 
The Guided Missile Destroyer ship of Project 15B was launched by chief guest Reena Lanba, wife of Admiral Sunil Lanba, the Chief of Naval Staff. The momentous event was attended by a large number of naval officers, sailors and MDL staff and workers.
 
Loud cheers and thunderous claps marked the launch as the warship smoothly slid into the Arabian Sea waters for the first time.
 
Named 'Mormugao', the hull of the 7,300-tonne, 163.2 metres long guided missile destroyer, which was constructed on dry area, floated on water for the first time - which is a milestone event for any vessel.
 
The Project 15B missile destroyers are modern warships equipped with the latest weapons package, in continuation of the lineage of the highly successful Delhi and Kolkata Class ships.
 
Under the Project 15B, MDL will build a total of four destroyers, the first of which was Visakhapatnam, launched on April 20, 2015, followed by Mormugao. Other deliveries are scheduled between 2020-2024, said an official.
 
The warships can achieve a maximum speed of 31-32 knots and are equipped with surface-to-surface missiles, surface-to-air missiles, anti-submarine launchers, multi mission radar for surveillance along with medium range air/surface surveillance radar and other advanced electronic warfare and decoys.
 
Fitted also with the Barak-8 long-range missiles, Mormugao has been named after the picturesque port in Goa, the home state of Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar.
 
After Visakhapatnam and Mormugao, the next in the queue is 'Paradip' followed by another warship expected to be named after a coastal city of Gujarat.
 
Since 2010, MDL has delivered one major warship to the Indian Navy almost every year, starting with the high-end stealth frigate, INS Shivalik, and later INS Satpura and INS Sahyadri in the same class.
 
Then came the stealth destroyer INS Kolkata sporting a unique silhouette, followed by INS Kochi.
 
The third and last destroyer in that series, Chennai, was delivered in August this year and will be commissioned shortly.
 
During the same period two highly sophisticated MSVs were constructed and delivered to foreign clients as high value export orders.
 
MDL is also building six Scorpene Class submarines under transfer of technology from France's DCNS. The first in this class, Kalvari, is due for commissioning shortly, followed by a second launch later this year.
 
Detailed design of the futuristic stealth frigates, P17A, is currently in progress and work on it is expected to start early 2017.
 
This will be the first time MDL will use the integrated construction methodology by leveraging the new infrastructure created in the yard, marking a paradigm shift in the way warships will be built in India in the future.
 
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