TRAI said that the Reliance Jio Summer Surprise offer is not in accordance with the regulatory framework and asked to withdraw it.
Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) advised the telecom operator Reliance Jio to withdraw its Summer Surprise Scheme as it was not in accordance with the regulatory framework.
Last week Reliance Jio extended its Prime Subscription plan to April 15 in order to avail more subscribed users under the scheme of a recharge payment of Rs 303 and onetime payment of Rs 99 Prime membership which offers free data and voice calls to the subscribed users for three months starting from April 1.
TRAI Chairman R S Sharma said, “We examined it and found that it was not in accordance with the regulatory framework, so we advised them to stop it.”
Reliance Jio said that it would accept Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) decision and is in the process of “fully complying” with the regulator’s advice.
The company also stated that the customers who have already subscribed for the membership can yield the benefits of the Plan. It also claimed that about 72 million users had subscribed to its Jio Prime service.
Previously TRAI didn’t found anything wrong about the Jio’s promotional offers of free data and voice calls. But the contenders Bharti Airtel and Idea Cellular have appealed to the Telecom Disputes Settlement and Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT) against TRAI’s clean chit to Jio’s free offers.
Based on the Appeal by the two telecom companies to TDSAT is asked TRAI to elucidate about Reliance Jio promotional offers –“Jio Welcome Offer” and “Jio Happy New Year Offer” whether the two offers are same or distinct.
Earlier TRAI had approved Reliance Jio free data and voice calls and claimed that it was not a violation of the regulatory guidelines on promotional offers.
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The telecom secretary J S Deepak said that the Jio’s offers are troublemaking to the Telecom industry and greatly impacting the government revenue from the mobile operators in the form of spectrum usage charge.
He asked the regulator to restrict the period of “promotional tariffs” offered by telecom companies.
Reliance Jio has more than 100 million users and among them, 72 million users have subscribed for the Jio Prime Membership.