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Last Updated : Jun 18, 2013 08:57 AM IST | Source: Reuters

TRAI to allow conditional free mobile roaming

Indian telecom regulator Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) said that it would allow carriers to offer free nationwide mobile roaming with a fixed fee. Currently, customers pay aditional fee for usage outside their home telecom circle.


The telecoms regulator, Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) said it would allow carriers to offer free nationwide mobile roaming to subscribers for a fixed fee from July 1, in a partial relief to operators, some of whom had opposed a proposal to completely abolish roaming charges.


Also read: TRAI recommendation on free roaming in 10-15 days


Currently, subscribers pay an additional fee for making and receiving calls when they are outside their home zone. India is divided into 22 telecoms zones.

The government had earlier proposed to completely abolish roaming charges, but the regulator said on Monday that would not be "practicable at this juncture", because telecoms companies would not be able to recover their costs.

First Published on Jun 17, 2013 03:04 pm
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