Telecom companies have menaced efforts made by some players to push for the fragmentation of an inter-system charge. This is done by mentioning an affidavit subjected in the Supreme Court by the regulator 6 Years back.
Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) was asked by the Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI) claimed in a letter that facts were being deformed while ordering the elimination of the Interconnect Usage Cost (IUC). The ICU is a controversial matter that the regulator is dealing with. The organization did not cite the names of any people or companies.
“The quarrel by those in favor of fragmenting the allegation (that TRAI should abide by its affidavit given to the Supreme Court) is an effort to deform facts to deceive and make a fake impression amongst the public,” the lobby group said to the regulator in a letter. This group represents all telecom companies. It urged TRAI to be aware of the expansions. A duplicate of the letter was viewed by the sources as well as the media.
The COAI claimed that its ideas do not comprise those of Aircel and Reliance Jio, which supported the zero-payment rule to the regulator in their submissions. It submitted this rule last week privately and at the time of an open forum. IUC is a tax given by the network operator from where a call belongs to the telecom company where the call ends.
TRAI has claimed that it will soon give its suggestions on IUC post having subjected the consultation documents nearly 1 Year back.
Jio needs the 14 Paise each minute rate removed and repeated its offer at the open house in a presentation to TRAI. Rivals comprising Vodafone India, Bharti Airtel, and Idea Cellular supported an augment to 30–35 Paise per minute to wrap prices. Jio’s competitors stand to lose the most income if IUC is fragmented since they have the most amount of users. They gather a huge share of the extinction charges as all calls terminate on their networks. If IUC is elevated, Jio will have to give more to the 3 telecom companies.