TRAI allows to increase international call termination charge 35-65 paise per minute
The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) gave an exemption to increase the international call to destination delivery (call termination charge) by a radius on Friday. Earlier it was 30 paise per minute which has now been increase to 35-65 paise per minute. Telecom companies are expected to benefit from this.
The international call termination fee, the Indian operator (ILDO) handling long distance calls internationally, has to pay to the network operator of the destination overseas. With this, the domestic company on whose network ends the call from abroad gets the amount of this fee.
TRAI has set lower and maximum rates of this fee in the new system, while leaving the right to fix the rates on the companies. With this, companies can decide how much charge they will bear and how much they will charge and at what rate they will charge it. However, TRAI has clarified that companies will have to adopt a non-discriminatory approach in the collection of such fees from all ILDOs.
TRAI said that the network on which the call would end would have to offer a similar fee rate to its partner ILDO or other ILDO working in the region to provide a common platform for all to compete. TRAI said that for the first time in the country a scope has been fixed for international call termination charges. She will keep a close watch on its compliance.
When contacted, the Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI), an organization of telecom companies, said that this is a step in the right direction. TRAI has started considering the financial condition of the companies. COAI Secretary General Rajan Mathews said this would help domestic companies to be at par with global companies.