Telecom tribunal Telecom Dispute Settlement and Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT) on Thursday deferred to May 3 the hearing on a plea challenging the decision of regulator Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) to allow free offers of Reliance Jio
to continue beyond the stipulated 90 days.
The petition moved by Bharti Airtel and Idea Cellular against the TRAI
order was listed for a hearing today, along with an interim application moved by the Sunil Bharti Mittal-led firm that objected to the alleged delays by Jio
while withdrawing its three-month complimentary 'Summer Surprise Offer'.
Both these matters will now come up for hearing on May 3 in the TDSAT.
had launched the inaugural free voice and data plan in September last year, and in December, extended the freebies till March 2017.
Following this, the existing players Airtel and Idea moved the tribunal against the Trai
order that allowed Mukesh Ambani-led telecom company to provide free services beyond the stipulated 90-day period.
On January 31, Trai
held that Jio's free voice calls and data plan were not in violation of the regulatory guidelines.
had further said its examination had revealed that the 'Happy New Year Offer' launched by Jio
on December 4, 2016, is distinct from its earlier Jio
Welcome Offer and could not be treated as an extension of the promotional offer as the benefits under both differed.
Last week, Airtel moved the TDSAT
on alleged delay by Jio
while withdrawing its 'Summer Surprise' offer. This interim application by Airtel pertains to the Summer Surprise plan of Reliance Jio
under which it was giving three-month complimentary offer of unlimited data usage and free calls on payment of a minimum Rs 303.
The offer was withdrawn after Trai
said that it was not in accordance with the regulatory framework.
Airtel also objected to the continuation of scheme's benefits for those who had already subscribed to the said offer before it was withdrawn.