Mobile tariffs may rise 8-9% yearly, Operating costs to be blamed for the tariff spike

TRAI Chairman Rahul Khullar forecasted that the mobile tariffs will rise by a 8-9% every year and the telecom operators might also squash the special discounted tariffs. In an interview with ET Now he said that government should accelerate the process of allowing new spectrums for high speed access.

Mr. Khullar also added that even if the base tariff is Rs 1.2/min the net revenue realized by the industry is just around 45 paise. He said “So, what you should be ready to see is some marginal rise in the effective call rates. You won’t feel the pinch of the tariff as operators would be clawing back the freebies.

This translates into a steep decline when it comes to free SMSes and the Bonus Talktime. The Internet packs may not take the hit.

Going further Khullar also warned that any moves to increase the headline tariffs won’t go well. “What we don’t expect is a rise in the headline tariffs, the authority will surely look into the matter and, depending upon the case, might intervene,” said the Chairman.

Khullar also pointed out at the quarterly results of the telecom operators and said that the industry has again started to grow and also expressed a dire need to keep the momentum going. Khullar requested the Telecom department to facilitate availability of more spectrums and at the same time roll out a new pro industry policy on the issues of Spectrum Auction, Trading and generic consolidation.

In 2014 we have noticed considerable amount of hike in both voice and broadband sectors. These frequent hikes will eventually make the consumers bear the brunt and this might also lead to a more cautioned usage from the consumers end leading to a decrease in the Volume of calls.

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idea88
August 2, 2014 9:04 pm 9:04 PM

@Darshan i am in trouble. my airtel prepaid sim balance get deducted by 11.59 p.m . daily of rs.1. and i also asked cc and Twitter page social team . and also they inform me no any pack activated nor vas . but i realized that when i send sms to any mob. no my balance just deducted per sms just 0.10 . i was saw some trick last yt for sms at 0.10 sms trick . i think this activated still. but cc told no any vas , pack activate. @ss @ yogesh help if u knw.

Yogesh
August 2, 2014 9:37 pm 9:37 PM

@idea88, sms ‘STOP’ to 121 from your airtel no. Another option is dial 121 n select vas-> stop all vas option.
If no pack active they should not charge you daily .
N you can complain regarding same on 198.
As you mention: may be it is like ‘airtel friends ‘: daily rental 1rs, then sms @10p, airtel call @10p, others @40p, it was something like this. Check if such plan is activated for your no.
Hope it may help you.

idea88
August 2, 2014 10:32 pm 10:32 PM

@Darshan , @yogesh airtel showing messages on mobile when u dial *121# – Impossible!! never have to recharge again !! coming in 3 days!! see in ur maha circle. this is my plan for prepaid coming wooooowwww. i think will come by monday or Tuesday!! have u chckd. reply

Darshan
August 2, 2014 11:09 pm 11:09 PM

No nothing like this on maharashtra airtel sim yet
I dont have airtel sim i took 2 friends airtel sim n checked nothing there like this
Also 1 neighbour has airtel sim in that too nothing like this

Pranesh
August 3, 2014 12:53 pm 12:53 PM

On dialing *121# it is showing “2 Day To Go Meet The Something New” On My airtel MH SIM…BDW Happy Frindship Day Darshan & All..

Yogesh
August 2, 2014 10:56 pm 10:56 PM

@idea88, yes you are right, I also check *121# n *121*1#: same message as you state: for my airtel no.
Aircel already start na the ‘design your plan ‘?
Now It will be of Airtel, let us see what is ahead . Btw your bal deduction issue resolved?

idea88
August 2, 2014 11:51 pm 11:51 PM

@yogesh, darshan nothing happen. when i send sms to stop 121 is says no vas active. what do now?? help

Darshan
August 3, 2014 8:49 am 8:49 AM

Send PORT U R Number to 1900
They will call u abt problem and why areu porting say them abt the pproblem…they will solve it also may refund u r money

idea88
August 3, 2014 10:26 am 10:26 AM

@darshan nothing working. @yogesh airtel my plan will get by after monday 11.59 p.m. i.e. by tuesday.

Darshan
August 2, 2014 9:30 pm 9:30 PM

@idea888
See if this solves
Send STOP to 121

Yogesh
August 2, 2014 6:40 pm 6:40 PM

8-9% yearly?
telecom companies increasing teriff monthly, that too by 20-25% many times
Tata gsm now: 1 GB 2G @126
it was @95 .
n it has reduced data by almost 50% for packs between: 5rs-32rs.
N from 3-8-14: it is gift for friendship day it seems
🙂
they inform me Call rate ll be 1.5p/s from tomorrow
N to those who still use SMS packs:
Airtel has inform via sms: 3-8-14 is a blackout day: so no sms pack benefit available tomorrow.

RKD
August 2, 2014 10:23 am 10:23 AM

As long as the services are good. Extra price is worth it. I don’t mind paying extra if I get better service, coverage.

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