Bharti Airtel Looks For New Paper On Non-Predatory Tariffs

Bharti Airtel Looks For New Paper On Non-Predatory Tariffs

Bharti Airtel requested the telecom controller to roll out a fresh discussion document on guiding in tariff schemes that are non-voracious and heed the laws on IUC (interconnect usage charges) in proportion to a latest order of the telecom court prior to rolling out transparent costing norms.

India’s biggest phone firm needs TRAI (Telecom Regulatory Authority of India) to obey with the February 1 order of the TDSAT (Telecom Dispute Settlement & Appellate Tribunal) calling on the controller to roll out a structure of tariff rules, comprising IUC non-predation and compliance.

“Since these problems are very critical for the segment and have a noteworthy affect on the consumers and telecom business, we ask TRAI to start a new discussion document, look for inputs (as executed for all discussion documents), and conduct an open meeting on the same prior to rolling any rules,” Bharti Airtel claimed to TRAI chairman RS Sharma in a February 8 letter. Media has looked at a replica of this letter.

The letter of telecom company to TRAI chief Sharma arrives in the middle of anticipations that the controller might roll out transparent costing norms soon. Sharma refused to answer on the letter by Airtel.

“You will be glad that the above pricing norms and issues, with regard to which the TDSAT has ordered TRAI to roll essential rules, have neither been tackled in any previous discussion document nor have the similar has been talked in an open meeting,” Ravi Gandhi, chief regulatory officer of Airtel, wrote to Sharma in the letter.

The controller had on the other hand rolled a discussion document on authoritarian rules associated to tariff evaluation in February last year, looking for views on the management of a promotional scheme and its functions, and the characteristics of a pertinent market so that the curves of supremacy might be defined.