CCI rejects complaint from Bharti Airtel against Reliance Jio

Competition Commission says Reliance Jio not using any unfair means

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Bharti Airtel filed a case for a second time with the Competition Commission of India (CCI), where they had alleged Reliance Jio for utilisation of unfair business practices. The complaint mainly focused on the free services being currently offered by Jio along with allegations of predatory pricing.

Earlier this week Bharti Airtel made a similar allegation, which got dismissed by the CCI. Below is the order issued by the CCI dated June 15.

“The Commission is of the view that the introductory offers of OP-1 (Reliance Jio Infocomm) do not amount to any contravention of the provisions of the (Competition) Act.”

Previously, Bharti Airtel and Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd. (BSNL) made similar allegations to both the CCI and TRAI which got dismissed. The previous case ruling was cited by the CCI extensively while giving the current ruling.

The telecom service provider market is filled with several providers, which is a good thing for the customers who can select from a variety of operators and plans.

“In a competitive market scenario, where there are already big players operating in the market, it would not be anti-competitive for an entrant to incentivise customers towards its own services by giving attractive offers and schemes,” noted the regulator in the ruling

CCI also said that such short-term offers by a market entrant are not anti-competitive, but they are strategies to penetrate the market and establish an identity. Due to their being no evidence of a violation of competition norms, CCI rejected the allegations made by Bharti Airtel.