PMO unlikely to interfere in Trai's business: Report

The the request for a meeting was sent across on 11 August but an official at a leading telco claimed that the COAI has not received any confirmation from the PMO just yet.


In a more recent update to the whole Vodafone India, Bharti Airtel, Idea Cellular versus Jio versus Trai row, the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) may in all likelihood decline the (Cellular Operators Association of India) COAI's request for a meeting reported the Economic Times.

The CAOI had requested for a meeting with Nripendra Misra, Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister over concerns regarding the consultation papers floated by Trai. A senior official commented stating that the government believed in the independence of all regulators and that it will choose not to interfere in Trai's functioning. "Our writ does not run over regulators," he said.

The the request for a meeting was sent across on 11 August but an official at a leading telco claimed that the COAI has not received any confirmation from the PMO just yet.

In its letter, COAI penned down down its observations against Trai stating that the recent consultation papers on the abolition of mobile termination charges, termination of internet telephony charges and even the one on quality of service were against existing telcos (hinting at Reliance's Jio).

Indeed all of this comes in the midst of a war between telcos Vodafone India, Bharti Airtel, Idea Cellular and Reliance's Jio as the latter prepares for its 4G launch

Even state-run BSNL yesterday put up its dukes and announced an unlimited 3G plan in preparation for what Reliance has on offer, the tariffs of which could be a blow to the rest of the telcos.

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