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Jio complains against Airtel over Apple Watch service; Airtel refutes charge

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Reliance has alleged that is offering eSim service on Apple Watch in violation of licence norms, prompting the Sunil Mittal-led firm call it a "frivolous complaint".

Reliance has filed complaint against with the DoT, alleging that the telecom is offering eSim service on in violation of licence norms and demanded immediate closure of the service.

"service is being offered by in deliberate and gross violation to the terms and conditions of Unified License," said in a letter to the

When contacted, denied the allegations terming it a frivolous complaint.

"This is yet another frivolous complaint by a desperate operator, whose sole aim appears to have a monopoly over everything that they do. Bharti Airtel is a law abiding and

"The DoT was duly notified prior to the launch of Apple watch including product features, network architecture and lawful interception and we have also requested them to carry out a demonstration of the same," Airtel spokespeson said.

Both, and Bharti Airtel are selling from May 11 through their sales channels.

Apple Watch and of a subscriber share the same number and subscribers can use both and Apple Watch with eSIM to make or receive calls independent of the call status of the other devices.

The eSIM is paired with the SIM in wirelessly through a dedicated network node. The node used for eSIM profile allocation contains network and user information such as operator identifier, SIM details, PIN, for managing SIM files remotely etc.

Jio alleged that Airtel has not set-up the eSIM provisioning node within and the node being used to provide is currently located out of in "gross violation to the license terms".

The Mukesh Ambani led firm also alleged that led telecom firm should have carried out lawful interception and monitoring, but it is not aware of any demonstration carried out by Airtel prior to service launch "so that important national security interests are not compromised".

Jio also alleged that Airtel has deliberately chosen to install a critical network element outside

"...we request your good office to take severe action against M/s and impose the strictest of penalties under the License. Furthermore, we request you to direct Airtel to immediately stop this service and start this service only upon complying with the requirements of national security and addressing the violations of the license terms and conditions," Jio said.

Airtel said that all information relating to customers, network nodes etc is hosted in a fully secure manner by Airtel India along with provision for lawful interception.

"We will be happy to share more details with the DoT as and when required, Airtel spokeserson said.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Sun, May 13 2018. 16:20 IST
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