Cut in tariff to mainly benefit those who travel out of their circle often
GN Bureau | April 9, 2015
Roaming mobile bills are set to fall in India. The telecom regulator has cut the ceiling tariff for national roaming services.
The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) has ordered that outgoing local calls be capped at Rs 0.80 per minute and outgoing inter-circle calls at Rs. 1.15 per minute. The current ceiling or the maximum charge on national roaming is Rs1 per minute for outgoing local calls.
This will benefit frequent travellers who complain about hefty roaming mobile bills.
Meanwhile, shares of telecom operators like Bharti Airtel and Idea Cellular slumped after the Trai announcement as this move is likely to impact revenues of these mobile operators. Bharti Airtel fell over 3 per cent to an intraday low of Rs 405.50, while Idea Cellular shares slumped as much as 3.2 per cent to Rs 186.30.
|Item||Proposed ceiling tariff|
|Outgoing Local voice call while on national roaming||Re. 0.80 per minute|
|Outgoing long distance (inter-circle) voice call while on national roaming||Re. 1.15 per minute|
|Incoming voice call while on national roaming||Re. 0.45 per minute|
|Outgoing local Short Message Services (SMS) while on national roaming||Re. 0.25 per SMS|
|Outgoing long distance (inter-circle) Short Message Services (SMS) while on national roaming||Re.0.38 per SMS|
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