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TRAI decides to continue with existing tariff regime

By Parvina Purkayastha - Mon Jan 14, 1:42 pm

Telecom regulator TRAI for the time being decided to continue with the existing tariff regime that allows operators to decide on charges for telecom services.

TRAI sought views of stakeholders on the need to review the existing regime of tariff forbearance… Taking into account the feedback received from stakeholders, the Authority has decided to continue with the existing tariff regime for the time being,” TRAI said in its annual report.

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) had started consultation process in February 2012 to review existing tariff regime which is under forbearance except for rural land line services, national roaming and leased circuits.

Review of Policy of Forbearance in Telecom Tariff ‘, the consultation paper was floated by TRAI after telecom companies increased call and mobile Internet services rates in 2011. In mid 2012, telecom operators openly said multi-fold high spectrum price recommended by TRAI can lead to increase in telecom tariff by up to 100 per cent.

The consultation paper was opposed by telecom operators. Telecom major Airtel and Vodafone had recently raised tariff of their 2G Internet service by up to 30 per cent.

Some of the recent developments indicate that there is perhaps a need to review the policy of forbearance in telecom tariffs,” TRAI had said in its consultation paper.

In the annual report TRAI said that “Views were also sought on a suitable tariff framework for data services” and based on the comments received from stakeholder, it decided to continue with existing tariff regime.

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