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TDSAT hearing on Reliance Jio free-offer case on August 18

The two offers in reference are Jio Welcome Offer and the Happy New Year offer

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

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The tribunal will hear on August 18 the petition of Bharti and challenging the decision of to allow free offers of to continue beyond the stipulated 90 days.

The two offers in reference are 'Jio Welcome Offer' and the 'Happy New Year offer'.

The petition by Bharti and against the Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) order was listed for hearing today at the Dispute Settlement and Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT).

During the hearing today, Bharti and sought time to file their response to Reliance Jio's reply, and the matter is now scheduled for hearing on August 18.

Jio had launched the inaugural free voice and data plan in September last year, and in December, extended the freebies up to March 2017.

Following this, the established players — and Idea — moved the tribunal against the order that allowed the Mukesh Ambani-led company to provide free services beyond the stipulated 90-day period.

On January 31, 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, was distinct from the previous Jio Welcome Offer and could not be treated as an extension of the promotional offer as the benefits under both differed.

started charging customers for its 4G services from April 1.

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