Trai makes one per-second billing tariff mandatory for all telcom operators

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The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) on Friday has issued a new amendment to the telecommunication tariff order making it mandatory for all telecom operators to offer at least one plan that is billed on per-second pulse basis.

However each operator can offer up to 25 different tariff plans which must include one per-second pulse plan for local and national long distance calls, each for both pre-paid and post-paid customers.

TRAI in this amendment has also put a ceiling on all call and SMS charges for premium rate services offered to participate in contests, competetions and to vote in TV and radio programs. Now operators can charge in premium services only up to 4 times the call charges or SMS charges in the tariff plan opted by the subscriber.

The regulatory authority has also allowed operators with this amendment to change the tariff for international long distance plans on life time pre-paid cards. Previously operators were barred from effecting any changes in tariff plans for entire license period.

As of date almost every telcom company is already offering per-second billing options for their subscribers. TRAI has made this mandatory since majority of the subscribers are willing to avail the per-second basis plans only, which benefits them by paying for the actual usage only.

The amendment can be read here.