The Supreme Court has issued notices to the Ministry of Communications and IT and TRAI on the increased calling and SMS tariff rates in the last one year. This action has been taken on a PIL against these government agencies for failing to regulate the mobile service providers from raising the call and SMS rates by as much as 50 percent in just a year’s time. Also Read - Jio maintains lead in 4G download speed, Vi in upload in May: TRAI
A bench of Chief Justice Altamas Kabir and Justices A R Dave and Vikramjit Sen have issued notices to these agencies on the PIL filed by an NGO named Telecom Watchdog, ToI reports. Advocate Prashant Bhushan raised the issue against service providers that had increased prices after court cancelled 122 licences last year, which gave the incumbents an advantage to manipulate the market as the competition went down due to the cancellation of competitor’s licenses. This resulted in the hike of call rates from 1 paisa per second to 1.2 and later to 1.5 paisa per second.