CCI rejects Airtel's predatory pricing case against Reliance Jio

Bharti Airtel had filed the case against Mukesh Ambani-owned Reliance Jio

Kiran RatheeVeena Mani New Delhi

A Reliance employee demonstrates Jio LYF phone at their headquarters on the outskirts of Mumbai

In a setback to Bharti Airtel, fair trade regulator Competition Commission of India (CCI) has rejected the case of alleged “predatory pricing” against Reliance Jio. According to CCI, just giving access for free itself is not anti-competitive.
Sunil Bharti Mittal-owned Bharti Airtel had filed the case against Mukesh Ambani-owned Reliance Jio, alleging that the latest entrant was indulging in “predatory pricing” with free services to eliminate competition in the telecom market.
Airtel had alleged that free services offered by Reliance Jio since the commercial launch from September 5, 2016, amounted to predatory pricing. It had also said Reliance Industries (RIL) had used its financial strength in other markets to enter telecom through Jio.

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First Published: Jun 10 2017 | 1:53 AM IST

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