PTIJun 12, 2017 08:59:50 IST
Telecom regulator (TRAI) is likely to recommend tighter norms for international SIM card and global calling card companies and favour refund to customers in case of service failure during an overseas travel.
If the recommendations being worked on by TRAI are accepted by the Telecom Department, erring companies will have to cough up refunds and compensation to customers in case their calling card does not work when they are abroad. The move by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) follows detailed discussions with international SIM card and global calling card companies, earlier this year.
The recommendations will also talk about refunds (for pre-paid) and compensation (for post-paid users) in case the card does not work, the source said but did not divulge the extent of compensation. Other measures being mulled by the regulator includes 24-hour call centre support. "Technically there are enough ways to establish the veracity of customers claim that a particular card did not indeed work," the source added.
In the SMS-based survey a few months back, the regulator had asked consumers whether their international SIM cards worked when they were abroad. Close to 50 percent of the people had responded saying their cards worked. Of the rest, nearly 30 percent said it did not work at all and 20 percent said it worked only partially.
These instances of unsatisfactory service quality had prompted the regulator to call for a meeting with the companies and seek an explanation from them. In March this year, TRAI met 8-9 players and asked them to explain the reason for the poor service. It asked companies the reason for service failure, enquiring if the glitches were to do with the SIM cards, or connectivity problem at the level of the local country operator, or if the customer did not follow proper procedure for dialling.
A few operators who were part of that TRAI meeting then included Matrix, Uniconnect and Oneworld Teleservices.
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