In order to inculcate the culture of digital payment among rural subscribers Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has recomended to government to allow free data to the extent of 100 mb per month. In order to achieve this the regulator has also recomended that the cost of this service is to be met by the Department of Telecom (DoT) from its Universal Service Obligation Fund (USOF).
Telecom licencees will have to pay a cess, Universal Access Levy to the government to set up telecom infrastructure to oncrease the outreach in the remote areas of the country.
In a statement Trai said that this facility will help to bridge the affordibility gap for the rural masses who still remain untouched by many of government’s reform measures specifically the drive towards cashless economy. According to Trai a limited data to the extent of 100 mb per month may be made available to the rural masses free of cost.
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For this third party aggregators will be called in who will not have any arrangement with the Telecom Service Providers (TSPs). As a part of its recomendation Trai has said that the aggregator will have to register themselves with the DoT and it should be a registered company under the Companies Act 1956.
Limiting the period of registration to five years Trai has said that the registrant will not be allowed to transfer or assign its registration either in whole or part to any other party.
(With inputs from PTI)