TRAI releases draft for reducing National Roaming Rates
After slashing IUC and domestic carrier charges telecom regulator TRAI has now released draft for revising tariffs of national roaming. TRAI now intends to reduce the ceiling tariffs of national roaming. Last time national roaming tariffs were reviewed in 2013. TRAI ,after exhaustive analysis , has suggested reduction in ceiling tariffs for local & STD voice calls as well as local and national SMS. The current ceiling tariff for outgoing local call while roaming is Re 1/min while STD calls whole roaming are fixed at Re 1.5/min. TRAI has proposed ceiling tariffs of 65p/min for roaming local calls and Re 1/min for STD calls while roaming. Similarly for existing rate of 75p/min for roaming incoming calls TRAI has suggested ceiling rate of 45p/min. TRAI intends to slash existing rate of Re 1 for roaming local SMS to 20p and national roaming SMS rate from Rs 1.5 to Re 1. TRAI has asked for comments from stakeholders latest by 13th May 2015 and subsequently it will notify Amendment order.
Mobile customers will be more than happy with recent initiatives from TRAI to rationalize local, STD and roaming tariffs although it has not gone down well with telecom major Vodafone which has challenged TRAI’s order of IUC reduction in Supreme Court. Currently more than seventy percent mobile market is dominated by Airtel , Vodafone and Idea Cellular by revenues and due to rising cost of spectrum and network they resist such initiatives which have a direct bearing on their earnings and provide more scope for smaller players to compete.
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