Airtel rubbishes Reliance Jio's complaint over Apple Watch cellular service

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Jio claims Airtel used a network of nodes based overseas to offer its services on the Apple Watch Series 3, which could lead to a security breach, The Economic Times reports. With the eSIM, subscribers can make or receive calls and at the same time, even book cabs. We noted that a Bharti Airtel, India's largest mobile operator, were in talks with Apple for a broader strategic tie-up.

Mint could not independently verify the veracity of claims made by Jio.

"Airtel has deliberately chosen to install a critical network element outside India for a service being offered under the Access Services Licence indicates its blatant disregard for the sanctity of the licence terms and conditions including important security conditions", Jio said. In case of Apple Watch, the eSIM is connected to the SIM in iPhone wireless though a dedicated network node. "We will be happy to share more details with the DoT as and when required", the Bharti Airtel spokesperson said.

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Not only that, Jio has also demanded DoT that "strictest penalties" and "severe action" should be taken against Bharti Airtel.

Now if we talk about the Jio's ISD and global roaming plans then we can that its cheaper than other networks because it is offering worldwide calling (ISD) starts at Rs. 0.50 per minute to U.S. and Canada, and go up to Rs. 2 per minute to Bangladesh, China, France, Italy, New Zealand, Singapore, and United Kingdom; Rs. 3 per minute to Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Turkey; Rs. 4 per minute to Australia, Bahrain, Pakistan, and Thailand; Rs. 5 per minute to Germany, Ireland, Japan, Kuwait, Russia, and Vietnam, and finally, Rs. 6 per minute to Israel, Nigeria, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, UAE, and Uzbekistan. "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", said an Airtel spokesperson.

Reliance Jio offers a prepaid plan priced at Rs. 149.

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As per Unified License agreement, if any network provider fails to comply with the terms and conditions, it is liable to pay a maximum of Rs 50 crore as penalty.

Airtel though has denied Jio's accusations, saying it is "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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Both Airtel and Jio have been sharing a rivalry in the telecom sector and this latest spat, for a fact, is keen at intensifying the one-upping game further.

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