Free roaming on all networks of India is what that soon seems to be on the cards. TRAI seeks public opinions to finalize roaming policy on all telecom networks in India. Free roaming is expected to be a reality very soon.
There are certain complication on free roaming facility all over India. It is a matter related to tariff rates. Telecom operators want TRAI to conduct systematic study before modifying nationwide roaming policy.
Rajan Mathews who is Director General of Cellular Operators Association of India said :
How can tariff for a subscriber in Bihar be same as that for a subscriber in Mumbai given that spectrum in Mumbai is much costlier than that in Bihar! We want telecom regulatory authority of India should conduct a detailed study on its various aspects.
Currently, telecom operators usually charge subscribers 1 per minute for recieving a call while on roaming. It was earlier announced by the telecom minister Kapil Sibal that nationwide free roaming will be implemented by next year.
Rahul Khullar, Chairman, TRAI said :
These are matters that are still to be decided. The question of whether national roaming should be free is a tariff-related issue. Any issue related to tariff comes under the purview of the regulator and free roaming has a direct impact on tariff. It is a matter on which TRAI is competent to take a decision. Very soon, you will see us take the first move in that direction. There will be a public consultation preceeding any final decision in the matter.
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