The COAI (Cellular Operators Association of India), which stands for all major telecom companies, excluded any apologies to Jio (Reliance Jio Infocomm), in spite of the firm requesting one in its defamation note.
“There is no need of apologizing to Jio as there is no commendable cause to do so, as the differences of the COAI are with TRAI’s instructions, not anything with a particular service provider,” Rajan Mathews, director general of COAI, claimed to the media in an interview ahead of the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.
Jio, this week, rolled out a defamation note to COAI and Rajan Mathews, asking for an open apology within 2 Days for stating that the telecom watchdog favored Jio via its rules at the cost of older operators of India such as Vodafone, Bharti Airtel, and Idea.
“We are still investigating Jio’s note and are in talks with our members and our legal counsel to take a decision on whether an answer is needed,” claimed Mathews. In its note, Jio had claimed that it is within its rights to take the 3 top current players and COAI to court asking for damages. COAI this week had rolled a statement that its differences are with the segment watchdog’s recent instructions and there was no purpose to hurt any particular service provider.
“We think that the industry is going via a difficult time, and it significant to lift issues and point our grave doubts about the TRAI instruction in the interest of the sector,” claimed Mathews. Even in its declaration COAI had claimed that it had lifted concerns keeping in mind the development and growth of sector. Previously this week, the industry organization had blamed the telecom watchdog of launching a series of rules over the last 12–18 Months, comprising the newest instruction on predatory costing, that supposedly favor the new service provider, which began offerings in September 2016.