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Trai to act against telcos for demanding higher termination charges from Reliance Jio

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Telecom Regulatory Authority of India has planned to check the mobile operators move for a hike in fee from Reliance Jio. Telcos are demanding higher termination charges than mandated 14 paise per minute fee. Trai have the authority to regulate termination charges by IUC.

“Regulation is law, no one can play with it even if there is a mutual agreement. The operators are given time of 90 days to provide inter-connection, but it is only applicable in the case of normal inter-connection when the networks are operational and there is additional capacity available,” an official source told.

Inter-connection is necessary to enable the mobile users calls to customers of other telecom networks. A mobile operator imposes interconnection usage charge for each incoming call it gets from subscriber of another network.

Quality of service rules specifying that not more than five phone calls by a subscriber in 1,000 should fail due to network congestion. As per the Quality of Service norms, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) can impose penalty of Rs 1 lakh for every instance of rule violation.

Even though only Jio holds the Pan-India license for 4g spectrum they don’t have any 2g or 3G service.

IIT Bombay’s department of electrical engineering in January said in a report that the Reliance Jio towers were 100 percent compliant with the domestic telecom norms and international standards.

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