TRAI rejects telecom operators plea to fix a minimum floor price for voice call and data services

22 July 2017, 09:41 AM

Telecom regulator Trai denied for fixing a minimum floor price for voice call and data services by saying that industry has reached a consensus that it is "not a workable idea".

The decision came after Trai meet all operators on Friday. Chairman of Trai R S Sharma along with senior regulatory officials met representatives of all telecom companies for a detailed discussion on the issue.

Some telecom operators were urging Telecom Regulatory Authority of India to fix a 'minimum floor price' for both data and voice calls. Last year the entry of Reliance jio has changed the economic picture of whole telecom sectors.

As, Jio provided free data and voice calls, it prompted many customer to change their networks to Jio and as many did so, if lefts other telecom player in a big loss.For sustaining in the free service market,many others such as Airtel forced to provide free services at less price.

Currently the tarrifs are under forbearance,where operators virtualy have a free hand in fixing the rates and reports plans to Trai in 7 days.    
During the meeting, Idea Cellular argued for fixation of a minimum floor price through adetailed presentation, while Reliance Jio opposed the concept terming it regressive and anti-competitive.

Now a conclusion came that prices which are under forbearance should continue under forbearance as of now.

First Published: Saturday, July 22, 2017 09:14 AM
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