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Airtel's Apple Watch cellular service compromises national security: Jio to DoT

Airtel's Apple Watch cellular service compromises national security: Jio to DoT

Reliance Jio alleged that Airtel has not set-up the eSIM provisioning node within India and the node being used to provide Apple Watch Series 3 service is now located out of India in "gross violation to the license terms".

Jio filed complaint against Airtel alleging that the company is offering eSim service on Apple Watch Series 3 in violation of licence norms. "Bharti Airtel is a law abiding and responsible operator".

"'Zero-Touch' post-paid plan to offer unlimited benefits at Rs 199 per month, worldwide calling starting at 50 paise per minute and global roaming at Rs 2 for voice, data and SMS for all Jio customers", Reliance Jio said in a statement on Thursday.

You all may know that all the standard JioPlans for prepaid comes with free voice calls, unlimited SMS messages, and premium subscriptions to Jio Apps. According to the same source, Apple watch does not change anything per se while changing from the physical SIM to the eSIM, and both are compliant with security and privacy requirements. We noted that a Bharti Airtel, India's largest mobile operator, were in talks with Apple for a broader strategic tie-up.

In an iPhone and Apple Watch, the subscriber shares the same number and uses an eSIM to make or receive calls. While they maintained "All information relating to customers, network nodes etc.is hosted in a fully secure manner by Airtel India", the operator chose not to answer the question directly.

Not only that, Jio has also demanded DoT that "strictest penalties" and "severe action" should be taken against Bharti Airtel.




Telecom operator Airtel has responded to Reliance Jio's complaint against it over eSIM services for just-launched Apple Watch.

"They (Airtel) ccould have easily said the server/node is in India and its a baseless allegation", he suggests.

The Mukesh Ambani led firm also alleged that Sunil Bharti Mittal led telecom firm should have carried out lawful interception and monitoring, but it is not aware of any demonstration carried out by Airtel prior to service launch "so that important national security interests are not compromised". At the time of pairing of the two devices, over-the-air provisioning of eSIM is carried out by a dedicated network node that is used for eSIM profile allocation which contains network and user information. Reliance, furthermore, claims that this is a breach of national security and is a "deliberate, gross violation" of Unified License norms.

Airtel, however in all sobriety, denies Jio's accusations. The maximum for a penalty for a breach of such license conditions is ₹50 crore per circle.

It went on to clarify the security of it's hosting in the country.

Both Airtel and Jio have been sharing a rivalry in the telecom sector and this latest spat, for a fact, is keen at intensifying the one-upping game further.


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