The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India has started the process of reviewing the interconnect charges. The interconnect charges are the one which a telecom operator pays to the other service provider for using their networks to complete the calls. The regulator has finalized the interconnect usage charges in 2003 which were revised in 2006 and 2009. This signifies that the present charges are the ones which were finalized in 2009.
Currently, the mobile call termination charges for all local and national long-distance stood at 20 paisa per minute. This indicates that a telecom company pays 20 paise per minute to other company on whose network call has been made. On the other hand, the termination charges for incoming international long distance calls is 40 paisa per minute.
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TRAI has also released a consultation paper on the same issue in order to seek the comments of stakeholders and also to prescribe the charge methodology for estimating mobile termination cost and appropriate level for international termination charge. The stakeholders are required to submit their comments by 11 December, 2014. As reported by PTI, the regulator stated in a multi-operator multi-service scenario, an IUC regime is an essential requirement to enable subscribers of one service provider to communicate with subscribers of another service provider.
The last time the regulator reduced the interconnect charges in 2009.