TRAI Makes ‘Per Second Tariff’ for Postpaid & Prepaid Mobile Mandatory

India’s telecom watchdog Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has made it a must for all mobile service operators (CDMA/GSM) to offer “Per Second Tariff Plan” to their prepaid and postpaid users.

Telecom Regulator, TRAI today in a tariff amendment order said “It had become “mandatory” for service providers to offer in each service area/telecom circle at least one tariff plan each for both postpaid and prepaid subscriber with a uniform pulse rate of  ‘one second’.

TRAI also said that several operators launched regular tariff plans having lifetime validity with one second pulse, some other service providers have implemented per second billing‘ option for a limited period through special tariff vouchers. There are also regular post-paid tariff plans with per second billing for most of the operators. It has been observed that per second billing‘ system is more acceptable among majority of the subscribers, because it enables the subscribers to pay only for the actual usage.

In order to ensure that ‘per second billing’ remains an assured alternative option for all subscribers, it has been decided to mandate that all service providers shall offer at least one pre-paid and one post-paid tariff plan with the pulse rate of one second for Local and National long distance/STD calls.

The service providers will be at liberty to offer alternative tariff plans with any pulse rate within the overall ceiling of 25 tariff plans.

What do you think about TRAI’s new move on ‘PER SECOND TARIFF for Prepaid and Postpaid Mobile Services? Do let us know via comments.

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vel
vel
April 25, 2012 11:14 am 11:14 AM

In Tamilnadu, Vodafone gives Booster 69(Local Calls@30/min) & Booster 39 (STD Calls @30p/min) for one month. What a comedy sir ji????

dskushwaha
dskushwaha
April 22, 2012 5:20 am 5:20 AM

Vivek :
The cellular companies looting there customers with 1.2 P/sec or 1.5 P/sec….Trai, if you are reading the comments here plz stop this immediately. there is no logic of 1.2 paisa or 1.5 paisa. it should be either 1 paisa/sec or 2 paisa/sec.

How Operators are looting customers with 1.2 p/sec or 1.5 p/sec and this loot will stop when they launch 2 p/sec?

Sayan Chattopadhyay
Sayan Chattopadhyay
April 21, 2012 8:16 pm 8:16 PM
SD : Sourav Chatterjee : I PERSONALLY THINK THAT ITS GOOD THAT T.R.A.I ” HAS NOT ” SET ANY PARTICULAR MANDATORY TARIFF LIKE (1P/SEC), OR (1.2P/SEC) SOMETHING LIKE THAT BECAUSE IF THEY WOULD HAVE SET MADE SUCH A MANDATORY TARIFF THEN : THEN ALMOST ALL THE OPERATORS WOULD HAVE INCREASED THE COST OF POWER VOUCHER FOR ( 1P/2SEC ) EQUIVALENT TO 3O PAISA PER MINUTE. LIKE SAY NOW RELIANCE GSM , IDEA IN KOLKATA CIRCLE OFFERS TARIFF (1P/2SEC) FOR JUST RS 28 WITH 90 DAYS VALIDITY. BUT IF T.R.A.I WOULD HAVE SET A MANDATORY TARIFF THEN THESE POWER VOUCHERS PRICE… Read more »
sAM
sAM
April 21, 2012 5:50 pm 5:50 PM

@SD

Uninor revised STV 23.Now 30p for 90 days.

Vivek
Vivek
April 21, 2012 3:34 pm 3:34 PM

The cellular companies looting there customers with 1.2 P/sec or 1.5 P/sec….Trai, if you are reading the comments here plz stop this immediately. there is no logic of 1.2 paisa or 1.5 paisa. it should be either 1 paisa/sec or 2 paisa/sec.

dskushwaha
dskushwaha
April 21, 2012 3:27 am 3:27 AM

sandeep :
The only problem is that still companies would have 1.2p/s and 1.5p/s tarrifs.TRAI could atleast fix the upper limit at around 1.2p/s

In free market, market regulates the prices not the regulator.
If TRAI will fix the upper ceiling to 1.2p/sec instead of 1.5p/sec then the present topup giving you Rs. 120 TT may be priced Rs. 150 instead of present Rs. 120 (just an example) by the operators. So the effect will be same.

dskushwaha
dskushwaha
April 21, 2012 3:19 am 3:19 AM

sandeep :
T.R.A.I great move as all the company’s will have same 1 paisa pulse but it will be great if trai have specified that to do 1paisa pulse the charge paid by costomer to operators also.
T.R.A.I should also now regulate sms traffic and i am Waiting for the day when sms will be charge at 1paisa for national and local.

TRAI does not ask operators to provide 1 paisa pulse but to provide 1 second pulse. operators are free to charge any amount (say 1 paisa, 1.2 paisa, 1.5 paisa, 2 paisa or any other amount) for that 1 second.

SD
April 21, 2012 12:30 am 12:30 AM
Sourav Chatterjee : I PERSONALLY THINK THAT ITS GOOD THAT T.R.A.I ” HAS NOT ” SET ANY PARTICULAR MANDATORY TARIFF LIKE (1P/SEC), OR (1.2P/SEC) SOMETHING LIKE THAT BECAUSE IF THEY WOULD HAVE SET MADE SUCH A MANDATORY TARIFF THEN : THEN ALMOST ALL THE OPERATORS WOULD HAVE INCREASED THE COST OF POWER VOUCHER FOR ( 1P/2SEC ) EQUIVALENT TO 3O PAISA PER MINUTE. LIKE SAY NOW RELIANCE GSM , IDEA IN KOLKATA CIRCLE OFFERS TARIFF (1P/2SEC) FOR JUST RS 28 WITH 90 DAYS VALIDITY. BUT IF T.R.A.I WOULD HAVE SET A MANDATORY TARIFF THEN THESE POWER VOUCHERS PRICE WOULD HAVE… Read more »
Techieboy
Techieboy
April 21, 2012 12:29 am 12:29 AM
Telecom industry is already in a Mess. Rock bottom Tariff already increased usage levels resulting in low network quality across almost all operators. so operators requires more equipments to improve the network quality. As a result more investments with less income. So operators are deducting balance from customer accounts in the name of VAS and other unfair Means to cope with their operating costs. In the end paying by second + Vas deductions + rate cutters + processing fees & the great indian service tax whats the final profit in making a call?? 24 %??Post paid user are paying 12.36… Read more »
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