India's telecom watchdog Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has made it a must for all mobile service operators (CDMA/GSM) to offer "Per Second Tariff Plan" to their prepaid and postpaid users.
Telecom Regulator, TRAI today in a tariff amendment order said "It had become "mandatory" for service providers to offer in each service area/telecom circle at least one tariff plan each for both postpaid and prepaid subscriber with a uniform pulse rate of 'one second'.
TRAI also said that several operators launched regular tariff plans having lifetime validity with one second pulse, some other service providers have implemented per second billing‘ option for a limited period through special tariff vouchers. There are also regular post-paid tariff plans with per second billing for most of the operators. It has been observed that per second billing‘ system is more acceptable among majority of the subscribers, because it enables the subscribers to pay only for the actual usage.
In order to ensure that 'per second billing' remains an assured alternative option for all subscribers, it has been decided to mandate that all service providers shall offer at least one pre-paid and one post-paid tariff plan with the pulse rate of one second for Local and National long distance/STD calls.
The service providers will be at liberty to offer alternative tariff plans with any pulse rate within the overall ceiling of 25 tariff plans.
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