#TRAI aims to cut #mobile #roaming rates soon

#TRAI aims to cut #mobile #roaming rates soonNew Delhi: The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India had proposed to cut down the roaming call and SMS rated by approx 35% and 80%.

TRAI had released a draft amendment on Friday to the Telecommunication Tariff Order, 1999 for comments of the stakeholders.

TRAI aims to reduce the ceiling tariffs for national roaming services through the amendment order.

National roaming service is the facility provided to a subscriber to avail services subscribed in its home network, while travelling outside the geographical coverage area of the home network, by means of using a visited network.

The country has been divided into 22 licensed service areas as per the existing framework for telecom access services.

Under the latest draft amendment of telecommunication tariff order TRAI has proposed to cut down maximum charges that can be imposed on outgoing local calls during roaming to 65 paise per minute, from ceiling rate of Re 1 per minute.

It has also proposed to slash long distance or STD call rates during roaming to Re 1 per minute, from maximum charge of Rs 1.5 per minute.

TRAI wants telecom companies to charge a maximum of 45 paise per minute, instead of 75 paise permitted at present for incoming calls.

It said local SMS should be charged 20 paise maximum compared Re.1 that can be charged at present while roaming.

TRAI has proposed 25 paise per STD SMS sent by customers when they are roaming, compared to the ceiling tariff of Rs 1.5 per SMS now.

Bureau Report


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