1. Supreme Court rejects TRAI’s plea on Interconnect Usage Charges case

Supreme Court rejects TRAI’s plea on Interconnect Usage Charges case

The Supreme Court on Monday rejected the petition of the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) seeking to transfer Interconnect Usage Charges...

By: | New Delhi | Published: May 2, 2016 1:37 PM
Vodafone and Bharti Airtel have also challenged the Interconnect Usage Charges (IUC) at the Delhi High Court. (Express Photo) Vodafone and Bharti Airtel have also challenged the Interconnect Usage Charges (IUC) at the Delhi High Court. (Express Photo)

The Supreme Court on Monday rejected the petition of the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) seeking to transfer Interconnect Usage Charges (IUC) case from the Gujarat High Court to Delhi High Court.

The TRAI had moved the apex court last month seeking transfer of the Idea Cellular petition from the Gujarat High Court to the Delhi High Court, which is hearing a similar plea by Vodafone Mobile Service and its group companies.

Vodafone and Bharti Airtel have also challenged the Interconnect Usage Charges (IUC) at the Delhi High Court.

The telecom operators had challenged TRAI’s Telecommunication Interconnect Usage Charges (Eleventh Amendment) Regulations 2015 that came into effect from March 1, 2015, by which it has fixed termination charges for wireline-to-wireless as zero paise and wireless-to-wireless at Rs 0.14 per minute.

The Delhi High Court has sought the telecom regulator’s response in the Vodafone case.

Interconnection Usage Charges (IUC) or termination charges are payable by one telecom, whose subscriber makes a call, to another whose subscriber receives the call. The charge is payable by the first for using the second’s network.

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