The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) has announced a new initiative aimed at reworking tariffs for mobile as well as basic telecom services, in a move to bring charges, especially for long distance calls, down further.
Trai today issued a consultation paper on various issues, including "transparency in the provision of telecommunication services and tariff offers" and "to enhance transparency in tariff offers."
Trai's new initiative follows representations from consumers and their representatives seeking further effective transparency measures.
While there is a regulatory bar on service providers offering more than 25 tariff plans in a service area at any given time, there has been a significant increase in the number of promotional offers in the telecom market of late, Trai said.
Against this, 39 tariff plans in a service area in respect of GSM prepaid category is reported in the Bihar and Mumbai circles while the average number is 27, it added.
In case of CDMA prepaid category the highest number of tariff plans is 22 (MP and Punjab) and the average number is 12.