- The new charges will be applicable from October 1, 2017
- Airtel and few other operators wanted the termination rate to be raised
- Although, Reliance Jio had been seeking waiving of the charge
The cut in the charge runs contrary to the demands made by established operators, including Bharti Airtel, which wanted the termination rate to be raised and benchmarked against the actual cost.
The latest entrant Reliance Jio, on the other hand, had been seeking waiving of the charge, saying it will benefit consumers.
"On the basis of comments received from stakeholders, in writing or during the open house discussion or during the workshop, the Authority has prescribed revised domestic mobile termination charges through these regulations," TRAI said in a statement.
"It was a disastrous move... most of the members had indicated that they would probably move court for redressal in the matter because this type of hit to the financial statements of major operators is clearly not something that they can sustain and that has been made very clear to the regulator," COAI Director General Rajan Mathews said.