Delhi: Telecom regulator TRAI has amended regulations
to lower port charges that allow cellular operators
to connect to BSNL and MTNL lines by up to 29 per
cent from 1 April.
lowering of the port charges is expected to lead to
a further reduction in tariffs.
Issuing the amended regulations, TRAI said it expects
the service providers to pass the benefit of the cut
in rates for port charges to consumers.
is an essential part for the establishment of the
interconnection between two networks and interconnection
seekers pay providers (such as BSNL) for terminating
interconnection links on the network.
reduction in existing charges ranges from 23-29 per
cent for various slabs. The revised port charges from
1 April would be in the range Rs10,500 to Rs39,000
instead of the current Rs14,000 to Rs55,000.
seekers are mandated to place their demand for the
required number of ports, on every point of interconnection
(PoI) on the basis of traffic projection, on a half-yearly
said there has been a long pending demand by interconnection
seekers that port charges need to be revised.