Should zero mobile termination charge deadline be revised? TRAI seeks suggestion on Interconnect fee
Interconnection Usage Charges (IUC) are wholesale charges payable by a Telecom Service Provider (TSP) to another Telecom Service Provider (TSP) for origination, transiting, or termination of the calls.
New Delhi: Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has floated a consultation paper seeking suggestions on whether there a need to revise the applicable date for Bill And Keep (BAK) regime – zero mobile termination charge –set for January 1, 2020.
The TRAI has also asked about the parameters that should be adopted to decide the alternate date. The deadlines to send comments and counter-comments is from October 18 to November 1, TRAI said.
It may be noted that the domestic call termination charges were further revised, through the Regulation of 2015 to 0.14 per minute for wireless to wireless calls and 0 paisa for calls involving wireline telephony at either end of communication.
Subsequently, the Telecommunication Interconnection Usage Charges (Thirteenth Amendment) Regulations, 2017 brought down wireless to wireless domestic call termination charge to 0.06 per minute, effective from October 2017 to December 31 2019.
It further prescribed Bill And Keep (BAK) regime i.e. zero termination charge, effective from January 1 /2020 for domestic call termination. Some stakeholders challenged the IUC Regulation of 2017 in the Bombay and the matter is currently sub-judice.
What are Interconnection usage charges?
Interconnection Usage Charges (IUC) are wholesale charges payable by a Telecom Service Provider (TSP) to another Telecom Service Provider (TSP) for origination, transiting, or termination of the calls. The IUC mainly consists of origination, termination, carriage, and transit charges.