Reliance Jio prevails over Airtel, Idea as Trai cuts IUC

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TRAI fixes IUC that has several components. TRAI said the call termination charge will be applicable from next month. It is a negative for incumbent operators like Bharti Airtel and Vodafone because being bigger operators a large chuck of calls will be terminating on the networks of Bharti Airtel and Vodafone.

Mobile companies now charge 14 paise a minute for allowing a domestic call from a rival operator to terminate on their network.

September 19: The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) on Tuesday slashed the interconnect usage charge (IUC) from 14 paise minute to 6 paise per minute, which will become effective from October 1.

The debate over the charge was revived in August past year, when Trai issued a consultation paper proposing to review it. Reliance Jio, the latest entrant in the telecom market, wanted the charge to be lowered and the existing calling-partypays regime eventually scrapped.




The move comes as a major win for Reliance Jio which wanted IUC to be slashed to zero. "Even if IUC was lowered by half a paise, it would have gone to court", said a senior industry executive.

According to PTI, TRAI on Tuesday said, "On the basis of comments received from stakeholders, in writing or during the open house discussion or during the workshop, the Authority has prescribed revised domestic mobile termination charges through these regulations". The Interconnect Usage Charges (IUC) has been one contended issue, recently questioned by Reliance Jio, which termed IUC as an "artificial barrier".

Newcomer Reliance Jio, which has been aggressively selling its services by offering deep discounts and free handsets, has sought lower interconnect charges as its subscribers make more calls to rival networks while paying lower rates. The reduction in interconnect usage charge will benefit Jio, for which the charge was a huge liability.

He said that introducing a BAK regime or reducing the IUC at this juncture would "simply mean that there is less revenue available to mobile operators to finance both their existing and future investments".

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