Courtesy Gadgets Now
NEW DELHI: Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) has asked Reliance Jio Infocomm to explain why extension of its free data and voice offer should not be seen as violation of norms that limit promotional offers to 90 days.
“We’ve asked them how the plans are different. A letter to this effect was sent a week ago and a reply is expected any time,” said a senior official at Trai. “We’re examining the issue closely.”
Jio has five days to respond to the letter sent on December 20. The Mukesh Ambani-owned telco has also been asked to clarify why its promotional scheme should not be treated as “predatory.” An email to Jio seeking response to the development did not elicit a response as of press time on Monday.
The Reliance company had announced free data and voice calls for existing and new customers, under its ‘Happy New Year offer,’ on December 1. It initially announced a ‘welcome’ offer giving free data and voice for three months from September, which was supposed to end on December 3.
The official said that upon initial examination, the new offer ‘prima facie’ appeared to be an extension of the old promotional offer — unlimited video calling, free voice calls, data and Jio apps, among others — with a small change in quantum of data offered.
In a December 7 communication to Trai, Jio had informed that another promotional offer would be available to new consumers from December 4, for three months, and consumers availing earlier promotional offers would would be migrated to the new offer as well.
An estimated month-wise projection subscriber additions that may happen till March 2017 have also been sought, sources added, saying Jio’s base had risen to 63 million as on December 18.