Three months ago, the telecom operator, Reliance Jio restricted access to VPN and proxy websites in India. Now the telecom operator is back in news over arbitrarily blocking access to websites.
Well, the Telegram app works seamlessly fine on the Jio network, only the desktop website is not accessible. So it’s possible that Jio might have not blocked the Telegram for web purposely but it is some kind of configuration error made by their network admins. Otherwise, why do they not block the app too?
Last year, Reliance Jio was also seen limiting Telegram domain in December. However, it is unclear if the domain has been continuously blocked since.
When accessed using Reliance Jio data network, the Telegram Web client URLs either show “This site can’t be reached” error or “Your requested URL has been blocked as per the directions received from Department of Telecommunications, Government of India” message.
Not just in Jio Postpaid or Prepaid connection, Jio Gigafiber users all facing the same issue.
Like most previous instances, including the blocking of proxy and VPN websites on Reliance Jio, there is no clarity on why Telegram Web version is being restricted by Jio. Reliance Jio was spotted limiting access to a number of proxy as well as VPN websites, including hide.me, proxysite.com, hidester.com, kproxy.com, zend2.com and vpnbook.com, in the country in January this year.
While some of those websites like hide.me are now accessible, others continue to remain restricted on Jio’s network.
Telegram is one of the popular instant messaging app like WhatsApp. Even in India, last year Telegram able to grab 200 million monthly users. Now, because of network restriction by Jio, Telegram might be facing some loss.