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Vodafone moves SC, seeks access to TRAIs cost model used to calculate IUC

September 25, 2017

Vodafone India has approached the Supreme Court seeking access to the cost model used by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) to calculate interconnection usage charges (IUC). TRAI has decided to slash IUC to 6 paise a minute effective from October 1, 2017 and completely remove it from January 2020 onwards.

Vodafone has approached the apex court after its request for access was denied by the Delhi High Court. The plea is likely to be heard in the first week of on October, 2017.

According to Vodafone, TRAI must ensure transparency in the process and that the Delhi High Court bench was wrong in holding that the telecom operator does not have a vested legal right to the information sought.

Earlier, commenting on the TRAI's IUC reduction move, Vodafone’s official spokesperson had stated that, "We are disappointed with this decision and are now considering our options in response to it. The Indian telecoms industry is already experiencing the greatest period of financial stress in its history. This is yet another retrograde regulatory measure that will significantly benefit the new entrant alone while adversely affecting the rest of the industry as a whole. Unless mitigated, this decision will have serious consequences for investment in rural coverage, undermining the Government’s vision of Digital India.”


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