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.

This Article Was Written By: Sanjay Bafna

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Sanjay Bafna is an entrepreneur and National Editor at TelecomTALK covering Mobile Operators, 3G, Broadband, 4G, LTE, Telecom Policies & Regulations and Mobile Phones. He is well known Telecom and Mobile Analyst, Love Tea and Chocolates.

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  • 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????

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  • 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?

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  • 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 WOULD HAVE BEEN RAISED FOR SURE.
    THIS IS MY PERSONAL OPINION.

    Little correction : now Idea 23(30p/m) & 28(1p/2s) promos has been reduced to 60 days only, earlier it was 90 days.
    R-Gsm : 28 promo-1p/2s-90days
    Idea : 28 promo-1p/2s-60days
    23 promo-30p/m-60days
    Aircel : 45 promo-30p/m-90days
    Airtel : 75 promo-35p/m-90days

    Uninor- STV23 30p/min with 90days validity.

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  • sAM April 21, 2012 5:50 pm, 5:50 PM

    @SD

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

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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 BEEN RAISED FOR SURE.
    THIS IS MY PERSONAL OPINION.

    Little correction : now Idea 23(30p/m) & 28(1p/2s) promos has been reduced to 60 days only, earlier it was 90 days.
    R-Gsm : 28 promo-1p/2s-90days
    Idea : 28 promo-1p/2s-60days
    23 promo-30p/m-60days
    Aircel : 45 promo-30p/m-90days
    Airtel : 75 promo-35p/m-90days

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  • 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 % tax for each call pulse. so 1 re per minute slab in postpaid is 1.13/minute. also removing incomming charges while roaming will clog more network Resources.Since there are almost 10 operators there is no need for tariff regulation as there would be atleast one with low tariff & worst network. Also indian consumers currently use network who provides only freebies.people go for 10 rotten fish instead of getting a fresh one.So operators are forced to keep low tariffs with degraded networks.So TRAI is currently enginnering & Desigining Telecom Industry to Grave. As in the end the weaker operators will pull out and only the Cartel will be left with more supreme Powers.

    There will be a days in future wen call rates will be hiked like petrol charges.

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  • kashif April 21, 2012 12:09 am, 12:09 AM

    good job done… but make sure it should b 1p/sec

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  • jagan April 21, 2012 12:04 am, 12:04 AM

    1 sec pulse is mandatory ok….. then wat will be cost limit of tat 1 sec ? This will surely increase the tariff among all operators ! Now itself DOCOMO changed it’s plan to 1.5ps/sec in TN silently in their juice up packs (call 52222 for more info on juice up packs) ! Then it will be followed by all operators !
    BTW TRAI should instruct all operators to activate all VAS ACTIVATION SHOULD BE DONE ONLY THROUGH CUSTOMER CONFIRMATION THRO SMS ! Now even when u pick a call means u lost rs.30 or something like vas activation ! Tat’s all no refund and deactivation made after 3-5 days ……. ! They say silly reasons tat u pressed tat key so it activated ! Even DND not works good ! No use of mandatory of 1 sec pulse !

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  • Idris April 20, 2012 11:04 pm, 11:04 PM

    It is a good move but it should be clarified that is 1P/SEC or Rs1/Sec tomorrow Indian Mobile Service Providers will say its per second, so lets charge Rs1 per second, TRAI should clarify that the base tariff should be 1P/sec to within the provider in India like airtel to airtel 1P per sec and others 1.2 P /sec. this should be the base tariff without any pack, Roaming should be removed beccause its one India if we are Indians why should we pay withing the india,???Why should we divide our country and nation ? Communication is a back bone of our nation for development , so I strongly recommend that roaming within the country should be removed from the dictionary of TRAI.

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  • sandeep April 20, 2012 10:51 pm, 10:51 PM

    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.

    Reply
  • Sourav Chatterjee April 20, 2012 9:43 pm, 9:43 PM

    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 BEEN RAISED FOR SURE.

    THIS IS MY PERSONAL OPINION.

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  • Vikram April 20, 2012 9:22 pm, 9:22 PM

    All operators has pulled it away, Uninor certainly pulled this plan from one of my number without giving prior notice. I feel that there should be lifetime sim with per second billing without extra cost. It should be upto the user to go for plan that he would like to use.

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  • Steve April 20, 2012 9:10 pm, 9:10 PM

    very good move. now this cartel will be forced

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  • Kunal April 20, 2012 8:42 pm, 8:42 PM

    Good move by trai, but then thr shud b a voucher to make per second plan lifetime too. For ex. in mtnl there r two vouchers, one which makes per second for a year and other for 5 years but no lifetime option yet….

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  • sandeep April 20, 2012 7:50 pm, 7:50 PM

    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

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  • sandeep April 20, 2012 7:48 pm, 7:48 PM

    This is a great move.Most companies like idea had removed this option at least for the kerala circle and were just having STV,s to get this option.This would make them and all others to maintain the per second billing hereon.

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  • Sunil April 20, 2012 7:25 pm, 7:25 PM

    GOOD MOVE….Once NTP comes all over India will have same plan which will create less confusion..

    But having standard and which is genuine(per sec pulse) compulsory for all the plans.Why permitting companies to charge which they have not used by consumer?As per tata docomo thery are charging upto 24% more in per minute pulse scheme.

    Pulse rate for all types of call 2g,3g video,roaming,all should be per second only…

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  • Sayan Chattopadhyay April 20, 2012 7:23 pm, 7:23 PM

    Great news!

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  • ABC April 20, 2012 7:15 pm, 7:15 PM

    GOOD MOVE BY TRAI.

    BUT TRAI SHOULD ALSO PUT THE UPPER LIMIT AT 1P/SEC BECOZ MANY COMPANIES ARE CHARGING 1.2P/SEC TO 2P/SEC

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  • Nikhil April 20, 2012 7:13 pm, 7:13 PM

    Only ethical operators like Tata can give this change.

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  • Rohith April 20, 2012 7:13 pm, 7:13 PM

    it is a good decision

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  • sAM April 20, 2012 7:06 pm, 7:06 PM

    Itz already there…now it only became mandatory…..

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  • surtej April 20, 2012 7:05 pm, 7:05 PM

    What a good it would have been to mandate 1p/per seconds for all operators in
    this per second plan/billing.

    Reply
  • DJ April 20, 2012 7:05 pm, 7:05 PM

    It is a right move by TRAI…It will give good value for money to the customers..

    Reply

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