Jio Tower Damage: Airtel get involved in tower sabotage case

Mukesh Ambani-controlled telecom company Reliance Jio is involved in the company and its rival Airtel in the case of damage to telecom towers. Bharti Airtel has written a letter to the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) describing Jio's allegations as baseless and injurious to credit.

In a letter to Telecom Secretary Anshu Prakash, Airtel said that it is aware of the letter written by Reliance Jio to DOT on April 28, 2020. In this letter, Jio has said that his telecom tower was damaged during the ongoing peasant movements in Punjab and Haryana. Airtel said that the allegations of Reliance Jio are baseless, as it has not given any proof that Airtel has instigated those who damaged its telecom towers.

Significantly, during the current farmer movement. Around 1,600 telecom towers of Reliance Jio were damaged in Haryana. During the agitation, there are constant allegations from the farmers that the government has brought a new agricultural law to benefit selected industrialists, including Ambani and Adani. Reliance Jio wrote a letter to Telecom regulator TRAI and later to DOT in December.

It was alleged that the people who have damaged its telecom towers in Punjab and Haryana are being encouraged by competing companies like Airtel and Vodafone Idea to do so. These companies are doing this as part of efforts to get customers on their network.

Bharti Airtel Chief Regulatory Officer Rahul Vats said in a letter to DOT on December 28, 2020, that the allegations of inciting people by Airtel to damage Jio's telecom towers are baseless and absurd. Jio has not been able to give any proof of this till now. According to Vats, Airtel is not omnipotent to force Jio's customers to visit its network. If Airtel were so powerful, during which Jio had created so many customers, at the same time it would not allow those customers to join it.