The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has asked all the service providers to ensure that their tariff plans have per second billing plans, alongside other options. As per the Telecommunication Tariff (51st Amendment) Order, 2012, “The service providers will be at liberty to offer alternative tariff plans with any pulse rate within the overall ceiling of 25 tariff plans”. The order further adds, “… it has become mandatory for service providers to offer in each service area at least one tariff plan each for both postpaid and prepaid subscriber with a uniform pulse rate of ‘one second'”.
The telecom watchdog also specified that charges for premium rate service that are being charged by the operators as of now are substantially higher as compared to the normal tariff because it includes the cost of content. However, considering that such calls and text messages made for participating in contests and voting contain very little text, TRAI has ordered that tariff for such calls and SMSs shall not “exceed four times of the applicable local call or SMS charges”.
The order also offers flexibility to service providers as far as international long distance tariffs are concerned, for both the new and existing consumers. With costs mounting for both prepaid and post-paid connections, this will certainly come across as a welcome change to all subscribers.