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TRAI defends action against Vodafone Idea's premium service plans, says action not based on Jio plaint

Lawstreet Journal 21 Jul 2020 6:19pm

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The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) on July 16 “vehemently denied” the allegation from Vodafone Idea that the order against the premium plans of Vodafone-Idea and Bharti Airtel was on account of a complaint filed by Reliance Jio.

TRAI argued before the TDSAT that it had launched investigations into the premium offering by two companies prior to the complaint received from Reliance Jio.

TRAI filed its response today on the plea filed by Vodafone Idea in TDSAT challenging the direction to discontinue premium plans, pending a regulatory probe. TRAI defended its actions as a “prudent and proportionate” exercise of statutory power.

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has told the Telecom Disputes Settlement and Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT) that the probe into the premium service plans on offer by Bharti Airtel and Vodafone Idea was not based on any complaint made by Reliance Jio Infocomm.

“It is incorrect to say that the examination is based on a complaint from Jio. It is not the case that Jio’s complaint has triggered TRAI’s actions… pertinently, the investigation into tariff offers promising priority service to those who opt for the same precedes complaint by Jio,” TRAI said in a short reply filed with the TDSAT.

On July 14, TRAI had sought a day to respond to the plea filed by Vodafone Idea. The company had on July 13 moved a plea in TDSAT against a letter written to it and Bharti Airtel, in which TRAI had asked them not to go ahead with their premium service offerings… Continue Reading...


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