“Every majority decision cannot be termed as ‘cartelisation’,” the high court had then said. Jio, since starting its trial and full-fledged services in 2016 had repeatedly complained that Airtel, Vodafone India and Idea Cellular were not giving it enough PoIs, which had resulted in call drops on its network. It had also complained against the three companies
to the Trai.
Acting on Jio’s complaints, Trai conducted an enquiry and in October 2016 recommended to the department of telecom that a fine of Rs500 million per local service area should be imposed on the three firms for failing to adhere to its norms. Apart from that, it had also recommended a fine of Rs190,000 on Idea Cellular for rejection of mobile number portability requests to Jio’s networks.
Though the DoT had in 2017 asked Trai to reconsider its recommendations, the telecom regulator had remained firm on its stance that the three telecom operators had intentionally denied and delayed giving PoIs to Jio. Vodafone India has moved the Delhi high court against the fine imposed on it, while Idea Cellular has approached the same court against Trai’s Rs190,000 penalty recommendation. Both the matters are pending before the court.