Delhi: The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI)
has issued a notification, making it free for basic telecom
operators to fix the tariffs (except for rural subscribers)
without seeking prior approval from it.
far, while cellular and limited mobility services were
being charged at the market-determined rates, the tariffs
for basic landline services had to get the prior approval
from TRAI before being offered to the subscribers.
the 28th Amendment to the Telecommunication Tariff Order
(TTO), 1999, the authority has decided to forbear with
respect to the tariffs for basic services in urban areas
and bring them on par with the cellular and limited mobility
to an official statement, except for the rural subscribers
the standard tariff package specified for rural subscribers
in Schedule I of TTO (24th Amendment), 2003 dated 24 January
2003 will continue to be applicable.
the case of basic services, TTO 1999 had specified availability
of the standard tariff package, which, inter alia,
comprises rental, call charges, free calls, etc, along
with all other tariff plans on offer by the service providers
in the market.
has been intense competition for basic services, both
from other basic service providers as well as from cellular
mobile service providers, which has resulted in drastic
fall in tariffs, especially for long distance calls,"
the statement added.