4G newcomer Reliance Jio filed a complaint with the Competition Commission of India (CCI), accusing the country’s top three operators of “abuse of dominance and cartelisation”.
According to Bloomberg-Quint, the complaint against Vodafone India, Bharti Airtel and Idea Cellular was based on a letter written by Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) to the Department of Telecom, accusing the operators of not providing sufficient interconnection to Jio.
TRAI recommended penalties of INR10.5 billion ($153 million) each for Airtel and Vodafone and INR9.5 billion for Idea, noting it found the lack of interconnection “to be the ulterior motive to stifle competition and be anti-consumer”.
Idea’s CEO Himanshu Kapania said he was not aware of any such complaint being filed: “No such details have reached us from CCI.”
“Idea will never be involved in any form of cartelisation. The group has the highest standards of compliance. The mobile industry is hyper competitive with eight to nine operators active per circle. Idea is ranked third with just 18-19 percent market share, so has limited market power,” he added.
The other parties have not responded.
Bloomberg-Quint’s source also said most mobile number portability applications made to the three operators had been rejected.