After Domestic IUC Reduction, Reliance Jio Now Wants International Call Rates to be Reduced

By October 17th, 2017 AT 9:09 AM

Reliance Jio has made a bold proposal yet again. Yesterday, Trai conducted a workshop on discussing the International call termination rates, and at the workshop, Reliance Jio stated that the call termination rates should be same for both domestic and international calls.

oppo-f3-first-impressions8

Reliance Jio asked the regulator to slash the international call rates to 6 paise per minutes, and later on, completely scrap it. With this bold proposal, Reliance Jio is setting up a big battle with the incumbent operators, who wanted the rates to be hiked to Rs. 1 per minute.

Currently, close to Rs. 5,000 crore revenue is coming from international calls, and most of the calls are terminated on Airtel, Vodafone, and Idea network itself. If Trai slashes the rate of Internation Termination Rate (ITR), it would be another blow for telecom operators in the country.

Reliance Jio has a reason to propose these rates. The company said that the steep growth of Over-the-Top (OTT) calls made users stick to them. For example, several users are now preferring voice calls to other countries via WhatsApp or other OTT apps. That said, OTT calls are free.

“Reliance (Jio) has asked for the same charge for domestic and international, which is now at variance with what the rest of the membership is agreeing to — which is a higher termination charge,” said Rajan Mathews, director general of the Cellular Operators Association of India.

COAI, just yesterday proposed a steep increase in the ITR from the current 53 paise per minute to Rs. 3.50 per minute, which would be a six-fold hike that could benefit the operators big time.

“There is no consensus (on ITR), every company has its own viewpoint… some have advocated altogether abolition of international settlement charges, some have asked for increase manifold,” Trai chairman RS Sharma said after the workshop.

To recall, Reliance Jio also battled against the incumbent telecom operators recently on the domestic IUC. While incumbent telecom operators asked for a hike in domestic IUC, Reliance Jio asked for a reduction. Sadly, Trai reduced the domestic IUC from 14 paise per minute to 6 paise per minute.

“As a regulator, we have to harmonise all the conflicting situations and take what we think is the most appropriate decision which takes into account the interests of consumer and industry, and growth of the industry and all factors that are part of our mandate,” Sharma said. He also revealed that the regulation will be issued on the same in a couple of months.

Read more on:

Chakri is a go-to guy for your next smartphone recommendation. Back in his engineering days, he used to play with smartphones by installing custom ROMs and that passion got him into the tech industry. He still goes nuts about a smartphone knocking his door for review. Currently managing everything at Telecom Talk, Chakri is trying to master PUBG Mobile in his free time.

21
Leave a Reply

avatar
Photo and Image Files
 
 
 
13 Comment threads
8 Thread replies
0 Followers
 
Most reacted comment
Hottest comment thread
17 Comment authors
Trai Unlikely to Accept Reliance Jio’s Request of Slashing International Termination Rates: ReportAshishRajesh. From navi mumbaiSudhakarWTH Recent comment authors
newest oldest most voted
trackback

[…] Telecom regulator Trai is not considering to reduce the international termination rates (ITR). Trai conducted a workshop on October 16 to discuss the ITR and in the same workshop, Jio asked the Trai to set same rates for both domestic and international termination rates. […]

Rajesh. From navi mumbai
Rajesh. From navi mumbai

What i feel is International IUC shold be exect replica of what calling country charge us when we call to their oprater so it will be good for our telecom company. Why should we give one side banifit to foreign oprator.

Domestic IUC is different thing

Recent Posts

Xiaomi Announces Patchwall UI 2.0 Update With New Light Theme and Easy News Access for Mi TVs

Mi TV India, in its official Twitter handle, has announced the Patchwall 2.0 UI for its Smart TVs. It is...

Trai Hopes to Finalise Views on OTT Services by May-End

Telecom regulator Trai hopes to finalise, by May-end its views on whether Over-The-Top (OTT) services like Whatsapp and Skype should...

Reliance Jio GigaFiber Services With Landline, TV and Broadband Likely to Cost Rs 600 per Month

Finally, after a long wait, we have a rate card for the services of Reliance Jio GigaFiber as the Mukesh...