The backbiting inside the telecom administrators association is hinting at no eased up, with newcomer Reliance Jio choosing not to take part in Cellular Operators’ Association of India (COAI)’s quarterly managerial board meeting held last week. The COIA’s quarterly meeting took place on 11th November and Jio ditched the meeting to oppose voting norms.
Sources said Jio represented its issues and claims to COAI on the issue in front of the meeting and chose to remain away from the meeting without any greater reaction to its request. When asked on this matter, COAI Director General Rajan Mathews confirmed that the delegates of Reliance Jio did not attain the meeting. However, except Jio, executives of all other cellular operators were available in the conference. The issues like fulfillment with the working of COAI and its voting standards have been discussed in the meeting. They collectively concurred that there is no requirement for changing voting rules”, the Director General of COAI, Mr Rajan Mathews told PTI. Along with these issues, the assembly also talked about matters like electro-magnetic frequency (EMF) awareness agenda, GST and development in cell tower establishment.
In September, Reliance Jio, like other telecom operators like Bharti Airtel, Vodafone, and Idea was a part of Cellular Operators’ Association of India (COAI) and at that time, it requested the revamp of voting norms by alleging that they just served “vested interests “of three Incumbent Dominant Operators (IDOs). In answering back to Jio, the committee also claimed Reliance Jio as a secondary Back Door Operator (BDO).
Jio had also blamed COAI’s proportionate voting rules as “skewed” for the current administrators like Bharti Airtel, Vodafone and Idea, alleging it gave them the outright control to influence most of the decisions of COAI, given that the trio acquired 68% of the total votes.