TRAI Slashes ISD Incoming Call Termination Rate to 30 Paise

Mobile bills to become cheaper TRAI slashes international incoming call termination rates

The prices of worldwide calls are expected to drop.

Telecom regulator slashed global incoming call termination rate to 30 paise, from 53 paise, to curb the "grey route", an official statement on Friday said. The new charges will come into effect from February 1.

Adding to the woes of the embattled telecom sector, the telecom regulator may cut global call termination or interconnect usage charges by half.

This is the second blow after Trai reduced domestic termination charges from 14 to 6 paisa in October previous year. An operator charges their rival an Interconnection Usage Charge when a user ends a domestic call on their network. The slash in IUC had miffed the telecom operator such as Bharti Airtel and Vodafone which had said that the new rule would benefit Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance Jio.


"Another issue raised in the CP (consultation paper) was about prescribing International Termination Charge and Prescription of revenue share between Indian ILDO (international long distance) and access provider in the International Termination Charge".

In a background note, it mentioned existence of grey market which routes the ISD calls made to India by setting up illegal VoIP (voice over internet protocol) gateways which needs to curbed.

The move is against national interest as the country will lose precious foreign exchange due to a sharp reduction of 43% in ITC, said Rajan Mathews, director general, Cellular Operators Assocation of India, in his reaction to the move.

At an earlier open house discussion, the issue of domestic and worldwide termination charge was discussed by stakeholders, wherein a need for addressing global charges at a more proactive level cropped up.

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