TRAI mandates the telcos to reduce ceiling tariffs in roaming, new tariffs will benefit the customers

indiaThe roaming call charges will cost your pockets less from May 1st, as soon as the telecom operators comply with the latest regulation of TRAI. The regulator has ordered the service providers to cut the ceiling tariffs (maximum rates that telecoms can charge for incoming calls on national roaming) for national roaming calls and text messages, effective from May 1st. It has also asked the operators to come up with national roaming plans for its subscribers.

The new tariffs will reduce the call charges by 20% and lessen the message charges by 75%, benefitting the millions of subscribers who make calls and messages while travelling outside their telecom circles. “All subscribers will benefit from the reduced ceilings, competitive pricing below the new ceiling levels is expected,” TRAI mentioned in a statement.

According to the new tariff, an STD incoming call while on roaming will become Rs. 0.45 per minute, which now costs Rs. 0.75 per minute. The STD outgoing call on roaming will be charged at Rs. 1.15 per minute, when compared to the current Rs. 1.50 per minute. Outgoing local call while on roaming will have a 20 paise reduction, becoming Rs. 0.80 paise per minute. The existing tariff charges subscribers pay is Rs. 1 per minute on the same.

The messages have higher tariff reduction on national roaming, with outgoing local SMS costing Rs. 0.25 per minute instead of the present Rs. 1 per SMS. Outgoing long distance messages while on roaming will cost Rs. 0.38 per SMS when compared to the current Rs. 1.50 per SMS.

In July 2013, TRAI had made it mandatory for the service providers to provide two national roaming plan – one with an option of free incoming calls and the second a plan by which the incoming calls are billed during roaming. TRAI withdrew this idea of two rates, and asked telecom companies to create a special plan that would make the roaming calls free, and telecom companies can levy a fixed charge, if any.

Rs. 8000 crore, which accounts for 6% of the industry revenue comes from roaming. Vodafone, Bharati Airtel and Idea are the three telcos which possess a good share of this roaming calls as they have more affluent customers.

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April 10, 2015 7:16 am 7:16 AM
Friends, This is a cheating effort by the TRAI favouring the operators to delay the implementation if National MNP. The TRAI has earlier in February stated that National Mobile Number Portability should be implemented by May 3, 2015. The Mobile Number Portability was announced in Telecom Policy 2012 and only a part of it has been launched. i.e within same circle only. In this article it is been mentioned that instead of two roaming plans, a single plan should be launched providing free incoming calls at a nominal fixed charge. When national MNP will get implemented India becomes a one… Read more »
April 10, 2015 2:05 am 2:05 AM

are these basic call/sms charges applicable in Home Network also as this post is not clear on Home Network. Say for example now SMS is being charged Rs 1 for local and 1.50 for National in Home circle without any plans. here in The roaming network it says SMS at 25 p? please clarify on the Home Network also

April 10, 2015 8:27 am 8:27 AM

Better use the roaming circle SIM in your home circle.

Amiya Mishra
April 11, 2015 10:24 am 10:24 AM

Seems only SMS rate has came down but people use whats APP these days. The call rate will be more like before as like 1.2p/sec for Local and 1.5p/sec STD, a little relief for local calls(now it is 1.5p/sec). Operators are already having lower call rates than the proposed ceiling rates as per available Roaming STV. In Home Circle call rates can be brought down to as low as 30p/min or 40p/min or we can use STD/Local Minutes Voucher.

April 9, 2015 11:57 pm 11:57 PM

hw come sms charges on roamong made cheaper dan s,ms charges on home circle.. lik on home circle sms charges r mostly 1 rupee n 1.5 rupee fr local n std sms respectively, so wen roaming sms cost 25 paise n 38 paise why do we paY more fr sms while staying in home circle ? wat tom foolery ?

April 14, 2015 2:00 pm 2:00 PM
No use, the ceiling rates are just a little lower for local calls and much higher than what all operator already offer as of now ie 1.5p/sec. From may1, operators can charge 1.3p/sec and 1.9p/sec on local and std respectively. Only good thing is this will be default rates. People want voucher that gives them free incoming and cheap outgoing while roaming using some stv, is it that difficult for the operators and TRAI to understand? What is the value if you make free incoming but outgoing calls not at par with home rates even after using stv. This regulation… Read more »