May 14: Reliance Jio has accused rival Bharti Airtel for violation of license conditions in relation to the latest Apple Watch. In its letter to the department of telecommunications (DoT), the Mukesh Ambani-led company alleged that Airtel was using a network of nodes based abroad to offer services on the Apple Watch, arguing the case to be posing a potential threat of security breach.
Reliance Jio has urged the DoT to take sever action and levy strictest of penalties against Bharti Airtel. The company also asked the DoT to direct Airtel to halt the Apple service until it complies with the requirements of national security. The latter has responded by denying the accusations raised by Jio, caling the complaint frivolous.
As detailed in the letter, Airtel has not setup eSIM provisioning node in India to offer services on Apple Watch Series 3. The nodes being currently used were located in India, which as cited by Jio is a gross violation in license terms. The company added that this could lead to a breach of national security.
In its response to ET, Airtel said that the company hosted all information related to customers and network nodes in a fully secure manner. Accordingly, the information outside the country was related to eSIM inventory, which the company said claimed a usual practice followed by almost all global operators. The company also said that it was willing to disclose more details regarding the same if demanded by DoT.
Both Jio and Airtel announced the sale of Apple Watch Series 3 in India with support for eSIM services earlier. With the eSIM service, users can get connected to calls and texts without having to depend upon the smartwatch connection with their iPhone.
Prior to the current accusation, Jio had already raised a series of complaints against its top rival Bharti Airtel in relation to several issues that include points of interconnect, interconnect charges, advertisements over data speed, and IPL tournament coverage.