Mobile bills to become cheaper, TRAI slashes global incoming call termination rates

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This comes on the back of excessive use of data driven apps that allow subscribers to make worldwide calls at a fraction of the cost of a voice call.

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India on Friday reduced the global call termination rate to 30 paise per minute from the current 53 paise.

Global calls may become cheaper as the telecom regulator has cut worldwide incoming call termination charges, according to an official statement released on Friday.

The current charges of global interconnect charges amount to 53 paise per minute.

The move is expected to hit hard the top three telecom players - Bharti Airtel, Vodafone, Idea Cellular - who are estimated to together generate revenues of about Rs 5,000 crore from incoming global calls. The new charges will come into effect from February 1. "At present, about 20 per cent global incoming calls terminate in India via grey routes".

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The issue had formed a part of the consultation paper on Interconnection Usage Charges or IUC but was carved out for separate deliberations by the regulator.

Regulations, 2018, the telecom regulator notified that the termination charges have been reduced from 53 paise to 30 paise per minute.

Global termination charges (ITC) are payable by an worldwide long-distance operator (ILDO), which carries calls from outside the country, to an access provider in the country in whose network the call terminates.

Almost 4.5 billion calls originate from India to overseas markets, while 88 billion calls are made to India on an average, Cellulars Association of Operators in India (COAI) report to TRAI revealed.