Reliance Jio Alleges Breach of Security By Airtel Over Services to Apple Watch; Airtel Denies Charges

The battle between the two telecom giants is not going to simmer down soon. In the latest turn of events, Reliance Jio has reportedly asked the Department of Telecommunications to take severe action and levy penalties against Bharti Airtel.

According to reports, Airtel has been using a network of nodes located outside India for offering its services with the Apple watch. Reliance Jio claimed it could be a breach of security. Refuting the allegations, however, Airtel said  Jio’s complaints are frivolous.

“This is yet another frivolous complaint by a desperate operator, whose sole aim appears to have a monopoly over everything that they do. Bharti Airtel is a law-abiding and responsible operator.

“The DoT was duly notified prior to the launch of Apple watch including product features, network architecture and the lawful interception and we have also requested them to carry out a demonstration of the same,” Airtel spokesperson said.

Both, Reliance Jio and Bharti Airtel are selling Apple Watch Series 3 from May 11 through their sales channels.

Apple Watch and iPhone of a subscriber share the same number and subscribers can use both iPhone and Apple Watch with eSIM to make or receive calls independent of the call status of the other devices.

The eSIM is paired with the SIM in iPhone wirelessly through a dedicated network node. The node used for eSIM profile allocation contains network and user information such as operator identifier, SIM details, PIN, remote file management for managing SIM files remotely etc.

“…we request your good office to take severe action against M/s Bharti Airtel Limited and impose the strictest of penalties under the License. Furthermore, we request you to direct Airtel to immediately stop this service and start this service only upon complying with the requirements of national security and addressing the violations of the license terms and conditions,” Jio said.

Airtel spokesperson said that all information relating to customers, network nodes etc is hosted in a fully secure manner by Airtel India along with provision for lawful interception.

Recently, Reliance Jio launched Rs 199 postpaid plan where it has cut international roaming sharply at Rs 50 paisa per minute. It is expected that the sharp reduction in prices will lead to the second round of price war among telecom operators. The on-going tariff war has also led to a sharp reduction in profit margins of telecom players in the country.

highlights

  • Reliance Jio has filed a complaint against Airtel

  • Reliance levies the charges of breach of security against Airtel

  • Airtel has refuted all charges saying they are frivolous

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