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    Wednesday 9 October 2019

    Reliance Jio gives the big blow, now calls to another operator will have to pay Rs, know details

    Reliance Jio gives the big blow, now calls to another operator will have to pay Rs, know details
    New Delhi: The big news for Reliance Jio's customers has come. Jio will collect interconnect usage charges (IUC) from its customers. From next October 9, Jio will be charged 6 paise per minute for calls to other operators, according to a press release. According to the company, the company has paid Rs 13,500 crore to other operators in the last three years for this free service. "All recharges made by customers today will be charged 6 paise per minute for calls made to other mobile operators," Jio said in a press release. The charge is Interconnect Use Charges (IUC).

    The decision was made under the provisions of the Zero Termination Charge of the Telecom Regulatory Authority (TRAI) whose deadline is January 2020 ' Jio said in a press release that the company will continue to charge customers for an offnet outgoing call until the IUC charge is abolished by TRAI. The company has also recently released new plans for its customers. Currently the company has to pay 6 paise per second for calls made to other networks. TRI had given a deadline to abolish the charge by January 1, 2020, but as of now TRAI is observing this deadline, it has been announced by Geo.

    In a first, country's largest telcom operator Reliance Jio today announced that its customers will now have to pay 6 paise per minute for voice calls made to rival phone networks. However, the company also announced that it will compensate customers by giving free data of equal value. The 6 paisa charge will remain in place till the time telecom operators are required to pay rivals for mobile phone calls, Jio said in a statement.

    The company said for all the outgoing calls to other mobile operators, Jio users will have to buy an additional IUC top up voucher from tomorrow. Post-paid customers will also be billed at 6 paise per minute for outgoing calls with increase in free data entitlement. This will be the first time that Jio users will pay for voice calls.

    Jio will provide following top-up vouchers for customers:
    IUC Top-Up Voucher Amount (Rs)
    IUC Minutes (non-Jio mobiles)

    Jio, however, said these charges are not applicable on calls made by Jio users to other Jio phones and to landline phones and calls made using WhatsApp, FaceTime and other such platforms. Incoming calls from all networks will continue to be free.

    Justifying the new charges, Jio said it has paid nearly Rs 13,500 crore as IUC charges to the rivals such as Bharti Airtel and Vodafone Idea. in the last three years. The company said it has decided to charge customers to recover the IUC losses.

    Additionally, Jio, said it will ensure priority allocation of the JioPhone to frequently called 2G users from our Jio consumers.

    Jio will provide additional data entitlement of equivalent value based on IUC top-up voucher consumption. This will ensure no increase in tariff for customers.

    Currently, Jio charges only for data, and voice calls to anywhere in the country and to any network are free.

    Telecom regulator TRAI in 2017 had slashed the interconnect usage charge (IUC) to 6 paise per minute from 14 paise and had said this regime will end by January 2020. But it has now floated a consultation paper to review whether the regime timeline needs to be extended.

    th October 2019]: Interconnect Usage Charge or IUC is a cost paid by one mobile

    telecom operator to another, when its customers make outgoing mobile calls to the other

    operator’s customers. These calls between two different networks are known as mobile off-

    net calls. IUC charges are fixed by Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) and are

    currently at 6 paise per minute.

    TRAI, has repeatedly since 2011, affirmed its stance that the IUC charges should be brought.

    down to Zero.

    1) Affidavit dated 29th October 2011 of TRAI in the Hon’ble Supreme Court:


    “8.12 …. TRAI is of the opinion that there should be progressive reduction in

    termination charges finally converging to zero termination charge … at the end

    of 2 years from the present.”

    (In 2011, TRAI stated its opinion that termination charge should be made zero by 2014.

    It should be noted that at that time, neither 4G nor Jio existed.)

    2) After a comprehensive review of the IUC regime through a transparent and elaborate

    consultation process in 2016, TRAI issued the Telecommunication Interconnection

    Usage Charges (Thirteenth Amendment) Regulations, 2017 (placed before the

    Parliament of India) as follows:

    “2. …..

    “(a) Re. 0.06 (paise six only) per minute with effect from the 1st October, 2017 to

    the 31st December, 2019; and

    (b) 0 (Zero) with effect from the 1st January, 2020.

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