Trai set to axe tariff plans

Written by Vrishti Beniwal | Rishi Raj | New Delhi, Jan 28 | Updated: Jan 29 2008, 05:29am hrs
Selecting tariff plans may finally become simpler for mobile subscribers. Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) is seeking at reducing the number of tariff plans operators can offer. Operators are allowed to offer up to 25 tariff plans in each circle.

However, under pressure from various consumer bodies, who say the number of plans on offer is too high and confusing, the regulator has decided to whittle it down. Sources said Trai would release a consultation paper to this effect on Tuesday. The idea is to bring down the ceiling on the number of tariff plans from current 25 for each circle, an official said.

In the Delhi circle, Vodafone has 22 post-paid plans and seven plans for pre-paid subscribers. In Mumbai, the company has 12 post-paid plans. Similarly, in the Delhi circle, Airtel has 13 tariff plans for post-paid subscribers, whereas in Mumbai it has ten different tariff plans. In the pre-paid segment, however, it has only two plans. Idea has ten tariff plans each for pre-paid and post-paid subscribers in Delhi.

This would be the second consultation paper to be released by Trai on tariff plans. It had last regulated the issue in 2004 when the current ceiling was set. As many as 3,925 tariff plans were reported to Trai by basic and mobile service providers in 2003.