The implementation of the new Bill and Keep regime has been deferred to January 1, 2021, after which the IUC charges will become zero.
Last week, TRAI conducted an open house discussion with industry representatives and other stakeholders on whether there is a need to postpone the applicable date for scrapping the call connect charges also called Interconnection Usage Charges (IUC) beyond January 1, 2020.
BSNL, MTNL and Jio were also among the 155 participants who attended to discuss the January 1, 2020 date for the Bill and Keep regime, which would replace IUC
Is this big fight all about saving cost, or is there more to it than meets the eye?
Any retrospective waiver of dues to the government will not only violate the SC verdict, but also be contrary to the rule of law
The Telecom User Group (TUG) in it submission to regulator Trai has requested to move to BAK regime from January 1.
"The three-month 2 GB per day pack will now cost only Rs 444 instead of Rs 448 with additional 1,000 minutes of offnet IUC min which would have come at nearly Rs 80, separately," Jio said in a statement.
To make Digital India more than just a slogan, every stakeholder needs to be on the same page. Sticking to age-old technologies and associated rules only create hindrances towards advancement.
The new tariff, which came into effect on October 10, will not be applicable until the user’s existing plan expires.
The IUC regime is an incentive for incumbents to keep providing outdated 2G services and avoid shifting to full VoLTE 4G networks
Scrapping IUC would incentivise technological evolution, preserve competition and ultimately benefit consumers.
Jio has promised that this charge will go away as soon as TRAI implements zero IUC
It is time India’s telecom regulator takes a stand to stick to its decisions, deferring it only raises doubts
If Digital India must be more than just a slogan, the telecom regulator and the government should keep their word. By doing so they will be sending the message that they are pro-consumer, pro-technology and anti-subsidy for those who don’t deserve it.
Interconnect Usage Charge is the cost paid by one mobile telecom operator to another, when its customers make outgoing mobile calls to the other operator’s customers.
A conversation with TRAI Chairman RS Sharma can’t be without a discussion on interconnect user charges.
A look at top cues from the domestic and international markets that could have a bearing on D-Street today.
In a landmark decision, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has slashed the interconnect usage charge or the IUC by more than half to 6 paise per minute from 14 paise per minute currently effective from October 1. In an interview to CNBC-TV18, Nitin Soni, Director - Asian Corporates at Fitch Ratings and Naveen Kulkarni, Co-Head of Research, PhillipCapital shared their views and readings on the same.
Revenues of Indian telecom companies could decline further in fiscal 2017-18, as the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India looks set to announce the new interconnect usage charges (IUC) in 3-6 months.
In a response to telecom regulator‘s consultation paper on IUC, top players â€“ Bharti Airtel, Idea and Vodafone â€“ have asked for a calling-party-pays (CPP) rule to continue while Jio has suggested following a bill-and-keep model.
In February 2015, during the previous review of IUC, the regulator removed charges that a landline service provider has to pay to other players for transmitting a phone call of its customers.
The brokerage expects voice revenue per minute (RPM) to decline by 1 percent quarter-on-quarter Q4FY15, due to a cut in interconnect charges (IUC) from March 1. However, the cut should also aid an improvement in EBITDA margins, as the interconnect cost will also come down, it adds.
Trai also reduced network interconnection usage charges (IUC) on calls made from mobile phones by about 30 percent to 14 paise per call from 20 paise earlier.
In a bid to boost fixed line phone connections in the country, telecom regulator Trai on Monday removed charges that a landline service provider has to pay to the other service providers for transmitting its customers' phone calls - a move that is likely to lead to lower tariffs.
The Supreme Court today gave three-month extension to telecom regulator TRAI for completing formulation of the new Interconnection Usage Charge (IUC) regime.