Reliance Jio prevails over Airtel, Idea as Trai cuts IUC

TRAI announces drop in Interconnection Usage Charge (IUC)

TRAI announces drop in Interconnection Usage Charge (IUC)

As per reports, this move by the TRAI is likely to impact the overall calling charge largely. Trai today announced that this charge, called Interconnection Usage Charge or IUC, will be 6 paise per minute from October 1 and will be made nil from January 2020 onwards.

Telecom Regulatory Authority of India has revised the IUC (Interconnect Charges) to 6 paise/minute from the existing rate of 14 paise/minute. Jio is expected to benefit from these recent cut in charges as it will bring down its overall expenditure, reports said.

Reliance Jio had dismissed as "myth" the claim that incumbent telecom operators are incurring losses due to reduction in these charges and alleged that two of established operators had made "excess recovery" to the tune of almost ₹1.2 lakh crore. A telecom operator presently charges 14 paise per minute for every incoming mobile call, called mobile termination charge (MTC), received from the other network.

Most of the established operators such as Bharti Airtel, Idea, and Vodafone were against the reduction of the domestic termination charges, as it was a significant source of income for them. However, TRAI has been in support for reducing IUC charges off late.

An earlier report claimed, Reliance Jio, Reliance Communications, Aircel, MTNL demanded scrapping of the IUC regime and moving to the Bill and Keep (BAK) regime under which no operator raises such demand. TRAI said that it has taken the decision after consulting all stakeholders including telecom companies and subscribers.

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