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TRAI Reduces Tariffs for National Roamers

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TRAI (Telecom Regulatory Authority of India) reduces tariffs for national roamers and mandates free national roaming plans.

TRAI has also mandated two types of free national roaming plans to be provided by all telecom service providers. The one Nation-Free plan was initiated by TRAI in the New Telecom Policy 2012.

The ceiling tariffs prescribed by TRAI in the year 2007 were Rs. 1.40 per minute for outgoing local calls and Rs.2.40 per minute for outgoing STD calls while on national roaming. These ceilings have been reduced to Re. 1.00 per minute and Re. 1.50 per minute respectively. Similarly, the ceiling tariffs for incoming calls while on national roaming have been reduced from Rs. 1.75 per minute to Re. 0.75 per minute.

TRAI feels that the best way forward is to establish a tariff regime in which roamers self-select themselves out and so minimize the impact on the rest of the subscriber community. In working towards free roaming, TRAI has also borne in mind the need to keep costs to roamers at a minimum. In this context, TRAI has decided that Special Tariff Vouchers (STVs) and Combo Vouchers which were hitherto allowed only for home tariffs can be permitted for roaming tariffs.

This will give the service providers the greatest possible flexibility in customizing tariffs for their roaming subscribers. Further, TRAI has also mandated the service providers to offer special plans for roaming subscribers in which such subscribers can avail of partially free roaming, or fully free roaming in lieu of payment of fixed charges.

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