Telecom Regulator Authority of India (TRAI) is planning to start a consultation process to review call connect charges, also known as Inter-connection Usage Charges. This consultation process could bring down call rates. According to sources, the regulator plans to bring out a consultation paper on the same in about a week. In February 2015, during the previous review of IUC, the regulator removed charges that a landline service provider has to pay to other players for transmitting a phone call of its customers. Also Read - Airtel 5G Mumbai trials show download speeds of 1.2Gbps, upload at 850MbpsAlso Read - Jio maintains lead in 4G download speed, Vi in upload in May: TRAI
The benefit of the waiver was passed on to consumers by leading fixed line providers. This prompted PSUs BSNL and MTNL to start free unlimited night calling plans. Among private operators, telecom major Bharti Airtel offers unlimited local and STD calls from its landline connection on any network throughout the day for a fixed monthly charge. TRAI also reduced network IUC on calls made from mobile phones by about 30 percent to 14 paise per call, from 20 paise earlier.
Telecom subscribers cannot communicate with each other or connect to other networks unless necessary inter-connection arrangements are in place. A telecom company is required to pay inter-connection charges when its subscriber makes a call to a subscriber of other network. The charge gets added up in final price that a subscriber has to pay. Similarly, the regulator waived off fixed termination charges that is levied on calls made from a mobile phone to a landline number.