Telecom tariffs are expected to fall significantly
with the regulator, TRAI, announcing a reduction of
more than 37 per cent in Access Deficit Charge (ADC),
the levy that private players pay to state-owned BSNL
for providing services in rural areas.
reduction will come into effect on April 1.
total amount of levy for the financial year 2007-08
is reduced to approximately Rs2,000 crore from existing
level of Rs3,200 crore," Telecom Regulatory Authority
of India said in a statement.
Authority expects that the reduction in ADC amount
resulting from today's order would be fully passed
on to the consumers by the service providers,"
long distance (ISD) calls are likely to become cheaper
as the 80 paise levy charged on such calls now has
been completely removed.
private operators pay ADC to Bharat Sanchar Nigam
Ltd for carrying out social obligations like providing
services to rural and other unremunerative areas.