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Jio files complain against Airtel over Apple Watch service, Airtel denies charges

Jio files complain against Airtel over Apple Watch service, Airtel denies charges

In a never-ending hyper-competitive telecom sector, fresh stir-ups are trite.

Shares of Idea Cellular and Bharti Airtel tumbled up to 12 per cent due to heavy selling after rival Reliance Jio announced a new post-paid plan.

As per Morgan Stanley, the new plans of Jio focusing on post-paid clients may affect 1 for every penny of Airtel's mobile revenue in the event that the telecom real tries to match the tax.

Apple's much-awaited Watch series 3 with cellular support was released in India earlier this week. The important part here is that while pairing the two devices, over-the-air provisioning of the eSIM in the Apple Watch is carried out.

It has been revealed that, the eSIM is paired with the SIM in iPhone wirelessly through a dedicated network node. There are 42 other countries that include Australia, China, Russia, Germany, Kuwait, Myanmar, South Korea and Spain where subscribers will need to pay Rs.10 per minute for calls and Rs. 10 per MB for data and Rs. 10 per unit for SMSes.

Telecom operator Airtel has responded to Reliance Jio's complaint against it over eSIM services for just-launched Apple Watch. The reason being, the network related infrastructure for pairing the Watch with iPhone isn't set inside India. "Bharti Airtel is a law abiding and responsible operator".

Jio filed complaint against Airtel alleging that the company is offering eSim service on Apple Watch Series 3 in violation of licence norms.

Jio also alleged that Airtel has deliberately chosen to install a critical network element outside India."We request your good office to take severe action against M/s Bharti Airtel Limited and impose the strictest of penalties under the License". Jio has demanded immediate closure of the service.

"Jio post paid brings a distinguished connected living adventure to post paid end users and certainly will once again challenge the industry status quo by providing the best tariffs from India and overseas towards the post paid consumers, that end up spending disproportionately greater when compared to the prepaid part", the telco claimed in a statement declaring the new Jio 1 99 approach.

"They (Airtel) ccould have easily said the server/node is in India and its a baseless allegation", he suggests. The maximum penalty for a breach of licence conditions is INR 500 million per circle.

Airtel has revamped its Rs. 149 recharge pack for prepaid users as it continues its fight against Jio for market share.

Airtel spokesperson said to Zee Business, "This is yet another frivolous complaint by a desperate operator, whose sole aim appears to have a monopoly over everything that they do".

It went on to clarify the security of it's hosting in the country. All information relating to customers, network nodes etc.is hosted in a fully secure manner by Airtel India along with provision for lawful interception.

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