Telecom Policy 2011 Looks for 1 country, 1 circle

Telecom Policy 2011 Looks for 1 country, 1 circleNew Telecom policy 2011, which is still on draft is planning for bringing down domestic roaming, as it is looking for 1 country – 1 circle policy. It will eventually offer mobile number portability to users beyond home circle.

As per the reports on ET The new policy, scheduled to be unveiled by the year-end, also proposes to expand mobile number portability and allow consumers to retain their numbers when they move to a new city or any location in the country without having to pay roaming charges.

At present, MNP, the facility that allows customers to retain their mobile number while switching operators, is restricted to a circle.

Our Take:

Certainly operators will oppose it, as from roaming they get around 10% revenue (which is some thousand crore). But TRAI & DoT must be enough courageous to implement the same. It will create a better sector for telecom industry with less fragmentation.

For consumers it would be a win-win situation as no roaming charge & most flexible MNP system waiting for them.

So whats your take on New Telecom Policy do you think will it be  Operators Nightmare or Subscriber Friendly what other changes do you want to see in the New Policy do let us know via comments.

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February 5, 2012 10:38 pm 10:38 PM
Presently, there are 22 circles. Operators Offers varies from circle to circle, where customer base is low, the offer good plans either not. Eg, Aircel offers some good vouchers in TN but not in NE. This policy which is going to be implemented, will give us an uniform Offers and Tariff Plans for a particular operator as whole India will be considered as one Circle. Its a good step by DoT and TRAI. If Sibal thinks that his govt and officials has done a huge loss on 2G Spectrum Scam, his Govt moral liability is to implement this One India… Read more »
November 2, 2011 12:45 pm 12:45 PM

Congress govt must approve national telecom policy 2011 ASAP. So that it can prove its sincerity

November 2, 2011 12:43 pm 12:43 PM

Plz let me know when will free national roaming is getting chopped. what is the exact date? By this year?