TRAI May Make Per-Second Based Tariff A Must

TRAI May make Per-Second based tariff A MustTRAI has shared possible plans for  all telecom service providers to offer a pay-per second tariff plan, in addition to the pay-per minute tariff  plans available. Mr J.S. Sarma, Chairman TRAI Chairman, said: “We may ask all the operators to consider per-second pulse as a mandatory tariff option along with their other tariff plans”,  speaking in Geneva on the sidelines of the International Telecommunication Union conference.

TRAI may also soon release a consultation paper, which would invite suggestions about the per-second tariff plan being made mandatory.

The concept of pay-per-second was introduced by Tata DoComo, which broke away from the industry standard of pay-per minute charging. It has also benefited from this, by becoming the top operator in the number of subscribers added during August 2009.

Several other operators have also launched the pay-per second plan, among them being Systema Shyam (MTS) and Aircel. Last week, Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) introduced one paise per second pulse (for local calls) and two paise per second pulse (for STD) in the southern states of Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Orissa. Aircel, too, extended its pay-per second plan from Kolkata and Orissa to Uttar Pradesh last week.

With prepaid customers comprising 95 per cent of the Indian telecom market, a price war is inevitable.


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October 14, 2009 12:21 am 12:21 AM

Idea is a waste and worst service in India

October 13, 2009 2:23 pm 2:23 PM

good disison

October 9, 2009 7:24 pm 7:24 PM

TRAI has given the final verdict on making per second billing: Its not Mandatory!!
Per-second billing not mandatory: TRAI (Source: ET)
NEW DELHI: Telecom operators would be free to offer various tariff plans to their subscribers, including the per-second billing scheme, and they would also be free to fix the tariff per second, telecom regulator TRAI said on Thursday. This would come as a relief to the telecom operators who would have taken a hit on their revenues, if the per-second-billing model was to become mandatory, as telcos are already facing low revenues per subscriber.