Trai to discuss tariff floor price on July 21
Regulator Trai will meet all telecom service providers on July 21 to seek their views on 'minimum floor price' for voice and data tariffs, as being demanded by some operators, an official has said.
The minimum floor price, for both data and voice calls, has been demanded by a section of incumbent telecom operators, but implementing it could mean an end to freebies in the market.
Also, the tariffs are currently under forbearance -- operators virtually have a free hand in fixing the rates and report plans to Trai in 7 days of launch -- and, hence, a floor price setting, if it happens, would imply a shift from that regime. The regulator will ask the operators to explain their views on 'minimum floor price' for tariffs, and also the formulation or math for the fixing such a rate, the official said.