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Monday, June 27, 2011

Roaming charges may get abolished in New Telecom policy

Though the home circle call rates are very low and consumers are happy with it, but the roaming charges are still very high and it’s one of the most dreaded thing for mobile consumers. Receiving and making calls while in roaming is very costly in normal plans of almost all the operators. But New Telecom policy may put an end to roaming charges concept as reported by Mint. Kapil Sibbal ,Minister for Telecom & IT had announced the framing of New Telecom policy for infusing more transparency .

DoT is working on the nuances for the New Telecom policy which will replace the eleven year old NTP,99. DoT is mulling on abolishing the roaming charges which customers pay when they move out of home network. Operators charge roaming charges for covering extra carriage and termination costs. Although the home network call rates are very low but the roaming charges are still on higher sides and thus this is one thing customers dread most. If it’s implemented ,the customers would be happy as their mobile bill will get slashed substantially if they are frequent travelers. But mobile service providers will get further affected.

DoT is also contemplating on reducing the number of circles from 22 to 4 0r 5 . Apart from that the new policy will delink license and spectrum which means that merely grant of license will not guarantee free spectrum along with.

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