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Explained: The IUC row so far and how its termination would benefit Jio

Reliance Jio stands to benefit the most from the zero IUC regime as it would no longer have to pay the rival operators - Bharti Airtel and Vodafone Idea - for the outgoing calls made by the Jio users.

January 01, 2021 / 04:22 PM IST
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On December 31, Reliance Jio announced that it would end IUC (Interconnect Usage Charge) for domestic calls from the beginning of 2021 in line with the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) directions.

Starting January 1, 2021 , a Book and Keep regime would be implemented thus terminating the payment of the IUC.

"As per directions of the Hon’ble Telecom Regulatory Authority of India, Bill and Keep regime is being implemented in the country from 1st January 2021, thereby ending the IUC for all domestic voice calls. Honouring its commitment to revert off-net domestic voice-call charges to zero, as soon as IUC charges are abolished, Jio will once again make all off-net domestic voice calls free, starting 1st January 2021," the company said in a statement.

The IUC has been a bone of contention for Jio. Hence the discontinuation of the same brings cheer for the telecom operator.