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New Delhi, Feb. 27

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has asked mobile service providers in Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal and Uttar Pradesh not to have higher tariffs for calls made to BSNL subscribers.

The move comes after consumers complained to TRAI that some of the private mobile operators in the four States had specified a higher tariff for calls terminating in the mobile networks of BSNL and MTNL.

Mobile operators said the higher tariff was due to lack of direct connectivity with BSNL and MTNL, because of which the traffic was being routed as if they were STD calls. The additional carriage charge paid to the long distance operator made tariff for calls terminating in the BSNL and MTNL network costlier.

TRAI said the rationale given by the private operators was unacceptable. "The authority has come to the conclusion that the differential tariffs levied by the private operators in the four States is discriminatory and inconsistent with the amended licence conditions notified by DoT. The authority has also noted that this action of the operators was preventing the consumers from getting full advantage of the Government decision to allow inter-service area connectivity within the aforesaid four States, said a TRAI statement.

TRAI has asked operators to immediately discontinue such differential tariff and report compliance to the authority within 15 days.

(This article was published in the Business Line print edition dated February 28, 2006)
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