Jio petitions court over network attacks, blames rivals

4 Jan 2021

Reliance Jio Infocomm (Jio), India’s largest mobile provider by subscribers, has petitioned courts in Punjab and Haryana seeking urgent intervention from the government to halt the destruction of its infrastructure, accusing its rivals of instigating the vandalism, the Economic Times reports. Infrastructure supporting Jio’s networks have come under attack by farmers protesting against new agriculture laws, following rumours that Jio’s parent Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) would be a major beneficiary of the reforms. Reliance has denied any association with the controversial bills, adding that it ‘in no way benefits from them’ and accusing Jio’s competitors of spreading misinformation to damage its reputation. Further, it was reportedly suggested that the cutting of Jio’s fibre was intended to encourage customers to port to other mobile networks. Rival cellcos Bharti Airtel and Vodafone Idea Limited (Vi) dismissed the allegations as ‘baseless’ and ‘fictional’, condemning the vandalism.