Trai to review tariff rules, says Sharma

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) on Friday decided to constitute a committee to make suggestions on host of telecom-related issues including tariff rules, telephone numbering plan and licensing framework.

Trai chairman R S Sharma, who held a meeting with top executives of telecom companies here, told reporters that they discussed the issues to be taken for implementation in the current calendar year.

Inputs sought

The telecom regulatory has prepared an agenda to be taken up in the current calendar year and sought telecom operators inputs for it in the meeting.

The panel, will also make recommendations on how to bring transparency in tariff-related issues, hurdles if any faced by the industry in implementation of some of the Trai’s earlier regulations, Internet based calling services and Universal Services Obligation Fund.

In 2016, the regulator had taken up a number of issues including, net neutrality, improvement of service quality norms for mobile services, Internet telephony, proliferation of broadband through public Wi-Fi networks, machine-to-machine communications and review of the regulatory framework for interconnection.

Based on the suggestions by the committee, the regulator will take a call whether any changes are required in regulations or licensing frame work, he said.

‘Decide on Jio case’ 

Telecom tribunal TDSAT has asked sector regulator Trai to decide on Reliance Jio’s free 4G service within a reasonable time. Tribunal’s observation came after Trai sought more time citing that it is dealing with similar complaints filed before it and ten days time-frame granted by TDSAT to take a final decision on the issue was not enough.

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