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

Airtel rubbishes Reliance Jio's complaint over Apple Watch cellular service Airtel rubbishes Reliance Jio's complaint over Apple Watch cellular service
Theresa Hayes | 13 May, 2018, 22:39

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

The subscription for the plan will start from 15 May.

eSIM stands for embedded SIM and is also known as eUICC (Embedded Universal Integrated Circuit Card). With this feature, Apple smart wearable can be wirelessly connected to the owner's iPhone's SIM. Users can even book cabs on the Apple Watch 3 Cellular model. The air provisioning of this eSIM is done by a dedicated network of nodes and they contain user information and other sensitive data.

Jio's latest complaint is the latest in a series of accusations and counter accusations between the two telcos on several issues including points of interconnect, interconnect charges and advertisements over speed of networks, and Indian Premier League tournament coverage.

Today we're learning that one of India's wireless carriers, Reliance Jio Infocomm, has filed a complaint against Bharti Airtel with the Department of Telecom (DoT), alleging that this major telecom is offering eSIM service on Apple Watch Series 3 in violation of license norms and demanded immediate closure of the service.

"Airtel has deliberately chosen to install a critical network element outside India for a service being offered under the Access Services License (which) indicates its blatant disregard for the sanctity of the license terms and conditions including important security conditions", Jio has alleged.

But, Airtel has reportedly set the aforementioned base outside of India thereby risking the user information being tracked by the foreign host country, Reliance Jio claims. "However, even in a scenario where we assume 10-15 percent of postpaid revenues are from worldwide calls, and global tariffs get cut by 50 percent, the impact on overall revenue of incumbents is likely to be less than 2 percent", Goldman Sachs said.

India's Livemint further noted that Reliance Jio stated in a letter to DoT that "Apple Watch Series 3 service is being offered by Airtel in deliberate and gross violation to the terms and conditions of Unified License".

Bharti Airtel shares dropped 6.44 per cent to close at Rs 385.70.

International Business Times India Edition tried to contact Airtel spokesperson via email but is yet to get a official reply at the time of publishing the story.