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CCI rejects Airtel charges against Jio

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MUMBAI: The fair trade regulator has dismissed the case of ?predatory pricing? that Airtel alleged against Reliance Jio. Airtel officials declined to comment on the development.

Just giving free access to its services cannot be termed as ?anti-competitive?, the Competition Commission of India (CCI) stated.

Airtel had alleged that Jio, in a bid to race ahead in the telecom competition, had indulged in ?predatory pricing? since its commercial launch on 5 September 2016.

With unfair trade practice of free services, Airtel alleged, Jio had used its financial muscle to gain a foothold into the telecom world of stiff competition.

Airtel charges, the trade regulator stated, would not be considered ?anti-competitive? since Jio's offers were to attract customers.

A short-term business offer or strategy of a new entrant to penetrate a market cannot be considered as ?anti-competitive? in nature and could not be a subject of investigation, CCI stated.

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