Reliance Jio throws in extra IUC minutes after scrapping two low-value prepaid packs of Rs 19 & Rs 52. Experts see more tinkering with prepaid base packs on cards. Jio on Monday unveiled four new tariff plans loaded with 1,000 off-net IUC minutes.
Jio insiders though expect the company to turn a net zero-IUC payer in this quarter itself ending December.
"There's a need to extend the applicable date, and zero termination charge should not be applicable from January 1, 2020, as mobile termination is a cost-based charge, and can never be zero,” Voda Idea said in its submission to Trai.
BIF’s views are in conflict with Airtel, which has urged Trai to postpone the scrapping of IUC by at least 3 years from the January deadline, on grounds that traffic symmetry between networks had not been achieved.
ISRO has backed a proposal from the telecom department to slash transmission capability of mobile base stations operating in the 26 GHz spectrum band. ISRO wants zero interference from 5G mobile networks using the same airwaves in future.
“The (London-based) GSMA too has predicted that 12-13% of customers will continue to use 2G handsets till 2025,” Airtel said in its submissions to the Trai, which had sought comments on a proposal to defer the introduction of a zero IUC regime.
Reliance Jio Infocomm has deplored Trai's discussion paper, calling it “bad in law and anti-poor".
Users who had signed up for JioFiber trials, continue to get the services for free. Now, Jio won’t be able to charge customers for home broadband services for at least another month as it is migrating to an integrated billing system that is yet to stabilise.
Jio’s accusation comes on the heels of the company slamming Trai in an earlier letter, calling its IUC review process a retrograde step and against consumers. The Ambani telecom has accused its rivals of reporting landline numbers as mobile ones to earn revenue.
Reliance Jio rolls out a new scheme fearing users may port out over its move to charge voice calls.
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