TRAI sets 2p as SMS termination charge and 5p for transactional SMS.

After slew of litigation among telecom operators and recommendations from TDSAT telecom regulator TRAI has finally decided to define termination charges for SMS. Lately telecom operators have been fighting over termination charges of SMS which were so far kept under forbearance and lot of their conflicts ended up reaching courts which compelled TRAI to define these charges. TRAI has kept 2p per SMS as termination charges  and also prescribed transactional SMS charge of 5p per transactional SMS. These regulations will come into force from 1st June 2013. The case for termination charges started when large telecom companies like Airtel alleged that cheap bulk SMSs from smaller telecom operators were congesting their networks and asked for termination charges for SMS. The matter worsened overtime as no operator was willing to pay termination charge for SMS and finally such conflicts made their way to TDSAT and other courts. In the case of transactional SMS charge TRAI has exempted government agencies from this regulation.

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