Soumya Ranjan February 24, 2015

Last day, TRAI cut down the mobile call charges and now, this might be a real time in India to limit up the mobile call rates.

On Feb 23rd, Telecom regulator TRAI removed the call charges that a landline service provider has to pay to service providers for transmitting its customer’s phone calls which might be a change that is probably to go for the lower tariffs.

In present situation, the calls made from landline-to-landline or landline-to- mobiles will not added in the range of interconnection charge that which was 20 paisa. TRAI has also lowered the network interconnection usage charges (IUC) on calls done from mobile phones for about 30% to 14 paisa per call from 20 paisa previously.

Today, in the new IUC rule issue, TRAI said, “To promote investment in, and adoption of, wire line networks, so that they may become an effective vehicle for the delivery of high-speed Internet in the country, the Authority has decided to prescribe FTC (fixed termination) as well as MTC (mobile termination charge) for wire line to wireless calls as zero.”

TRAI said, “The Authority is of the opinion that in case the MTC is set to zero for wire line to wireless calls, wire line access providers would be able to provide innovative tariff packages (e.g. Flat rental plans with unlimited or a significantly large number of outgoing calls).”

Likely, in the meantime of FTC for calls propagating from wireless networks and generating on wire line networks is about to be zero, as they said “ this would propel wireless access providers to offer cheaper tariffs for wireless-to-wire line calls,” in the view of Telecom Regulatory Authority of India. The landline connections all about the nation have been failing from the period when the mobile incoming calls were availed for free. At the end of 2014, the mobile collections were very high at 94.39 crore where landline connections got sonly 2.7 crore.

The state wide telecom companies BSNL flows up through the landline phone connections with 62.71% market share terminated by MTNL 13.04%, Bharti Airtel 12.55%, Tata Tele services 5.98% and Reliance Communications 4.39%. Videocon’s Quadrant, Vodafone and Sistema Shyam lead for about 1.2% market share. The landline connections of concealed partners are chiefly supposed for offering the broadband connections.

As per in the mobile section, Bharti Airtel runs the market with 23.01% market share pursued by Vodafone 18.93%, Idea Cellular 15.95%, RCom 11.26%, BSNL 8.62%, Aircel 8.33%, Tata Teleservices 7.01 and Uninor 4.62%. Sistema Shyam, Videocon Telecom and MTNL lead for up to 2% mobile service market share.

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