Reliance Jio Justifies Extension Of Free Calls, Data Offer To TRAI
Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance Jio has told telecom regulator TRAI that its Happy New Year Offer, which provides free voice and data services to customers, does not violate any of the existing norms that requires promotional offers to be limited to 90 days.
Replying to clarification sought by Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) on it extending the free call and data offer till March 31 said that its latest offer is different from the inaugural offer and cannot be seen as an extension of the Welcome Offer, which ended on December 4 and does not qualify to be termed as predatory.
Jio also said that the latest Happy New Year offer is substantiatively different from the Jio Welcome Offer (that commenced on September 5) as 4GB of free data per day was being provided under the initial offer, while the same was capped at 1GB (under Fair Usage Policy) in the new offer.
Jio also stressed on the fact that in the latest offer if the data limit is exhausted then one have to buy recharge vouchers, which was not the case in the initial offer.
In terms of market dominance, Reliance Jio is six percent of the installations in the country, whereas the Competition Commission of India (CCI) norms specify 30 percent threshold to trigger the misuse of market dominance’ clause.