04:47 am - Thursday 27 April 2017

STD and ISD call rates may reduce

By insightVAS - Fri Nov 15, 3:56 pm

Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has asked for opinions on various issues related to the revenue sharing agreements between long distance call providers and main operators and it may lead to lower ISD and STD rates. “The objective of this paper is to discuss the various issues related to revenue sharing arrangements for Intelligent Network based Calling Card Services,” said TRAI.

The regulator observed that it is due to high access charges, some of the TSPs (Telecom Service Provider) are “deliberately trying to kill” the calling card business prematurely as it runs “counter” to their business interest. It invited comments on the subject by November 28 and counter-comments by December 6.

There are about 27 International Long Distance Operators that have permit to provide ISD service and 34 National Long Distance Operators that can provide STD service. However, some of these ILDO and NLDO are part of main telecom operators. To infuse more competition and offer more options, the government has allowed companies that only have licence for international long distance and national long distance telecom services to directly acquire customers to offer ISD and STD service through ‘calling cards’.

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