Reliance Jio files complaint against Bharti Airtel over Apple Watch eSIM services

By Digit NewsDesk | Published on May 14 2018
Reliance Jio files complaint against Bharti Airtel over Apple Watch eSIM services
HIGHLIGHTS

Reliance Jio claims that certain services provided by Airtel for eSIM services are in violations of the license terms. Airtel has denied the allegations saying that it’s a “frivolous complaint”.

Make your home smarter than the average home

Make your life smarter, simpler, and more convenient with IoT enabled TVs, speakers, fans, bulbs, locks and more.

Click here to know more

Reliance Jio has filed a complaint against Bharti Airtel with the DoT. Jio alleges that the eSIM services offered by Bharti Airtel with the Apple Watch Series 3 are in "gross violation to the license terms". As per a PTI report, the telco has also demanded immediate termination of Airtel’s eSIM services for the device. The Apple Watch Series 3 makes use of an eSIM and it shares the same number as their iPhone. The connection between the eSIM in the watch and the smartphone is established wirelessly via a dedicated network node and the user can make and receive calls on the phone and the watch independent of the current call status of the other device. The node is used for eSIM profile allocation and also contains network and user information like SIM details, PIN, operator identifier, remote file management for managing SIM files remotely and more.

Jio alleges that the eSIM provisioning node by Airtel has been set up outside India and says that the telecom operator has deliberately installed a critical network element outside the country. Jio also claims that Sunil Bharti Mittal led telecom operator should have carried out lawful interception and monitoring, but it is not aware of any demonstration carried out by Airtel prior to the launch of the service "so that important national security interests are not compromised". Airtel has denied the allegations and said that its a petty complaint by a “desperate operator”.

“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 lawful interception and we have also requested them to carry out a demonstration of the same. All information relating to customers, network nodes etc. is hosted in a fully secure manner by Airtel India along with provision for lawful interception. We will be happy to share more details with the DoT as and when required.”, Airtel spokesperson said. The spokesperson also said that all of their customer's information, network nodes and more are hosted in a completely secure manner by Airtel, along with provision for lawful interception.

Videos

Google Assistant for Jio Phone
logo
Digit NewsDesk

The guy who answered the question 'What are you doing?' with 'Nothing'.

Digit caters to the largest community of tech buyers, users and enthusiasts in India. The all new Digit in continues the legacy of Thinkdigit.com as one of the largest portals in India committed to technology users and buyers. Digit is also one of the most trusted names when it comes to technology reviews and buying advice and is home to the Digit Test Lab, India's most proficient center for testing and reviewing technology products.

We are about leadership-the 9.9 kind! Building a leading media company out of India.And,grooming new leaders for this promising industry.