Bharti & Idea take the call to ring in change in tariffs
Mobile tariffs in India are the lowest in the world and operators have been often stated that increased costs require tariffs to go up. In an interview with FE recently, Bharti Airtel's outgoing CEO Sanjay Kapoor had said, “Tariffs have eroded by 40% in the past 10 successive quarters while costs on the other hand have increased significantly. If you were to ask me, prices should have increased as of yesterday.”
Under the regulatory norm, operators have forbearance with regard to tariffs and can make changes in it without any prior approval from the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India. However, after making changes they have to file the tariffs
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