The news has been juggling for quite some time, but now it seems that the official word is out; TRAI today released a paper saying that telecom operators will have to provide an optional tariff of per second call tariff along with other packages and plans.
“Per second billing will be one of the options that telecom service providers have to provide,” Telecom Regulatory Authority of India Chairman J S Sharma told reporters when asked about his views about the per second billing compulsion. He also indicated that currently TRAI is in a phase of preparing a consultation paper on this, the official details of which will be out in one to one and a half months.
The idea behind the move is to bring in a plan for consumers which offers per second billing. Currently, apart from Tata Docomo, new operator MTS is also providing consumers with the per second tariff option. Sharma further said, “Operators can offer it along with other plans. It does not mean we will fix the tariff. When we make recommendation on this issue, we will keep in view the interest of operators as well as consumers”.
Let’s hope Mr. Sharma brings in some good news for both the consumers as well as the service providers.