Soon, you could make calls and not pay for them!

TRAI has recommended doing away with termination charges, which forms part of the tariff you pay when you make a call to someone using another network provider.

Rajanya Bose November 02, 2011 15:51:31 IST
Soon, you could make calls and not pay for them!

If you do not belong to the "Facebook" generation, store your emails on your laptop and use your phone only to make and receive calls, here's something to celebrate: you might soon get a zero phone bill.

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) has recommended doing away with termination charges, which a telecom operator charges when another telecom operator uses the former's network. This charge is a part of the "interconnection usage charges", which forms part of the tariff you pay when you make a call to someone using another network provider.

Soon you could make calls and not pay for them

Trai is recommending this charge should be lowered to 10 paisa per minute in 2012. AFP

The interconnection charge currently stands at 20 paisa per minute. That means when you make calls to someone using another network, the minimum tariff is 20 paisa.

Trai is recommending this charge should be lowered to 10 paisa per minute in 2012, 5 paisa in 2013 and then be done away with completely. The suggestion has been submitted to the Supreme Court and a final decision is expected soon.

PTI reports that the move to reduce the fee, however, has been opposed by incumbent operators as they will lose revenues. But new players are in favour of a lower termination rates because their net outflow of traffic is higher than incoming calls.

Mint reportsif the termination charges are lifted, a telecom company could eventually earn all of its revenue from data services. But given the fact that data services hardly constitute one-fifth of telecom companies' revenues, the bid to make calls free might not be accepted by the Supreme Court. Still, consumers can always hope, can't they?

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