Trai asks telcos to put all tariffs online

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NEW DELHI: Close on the heels of unveiling its plan-comparison portal, Trai today directed all telecom operators to start online filing of all tariffs offered to consumers in a specific format from June 30,but industry body COAI flagged

concerns on inadequate implementation of timeline.

 The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) said it has launched beta version of online tariff filing portal to enable consumers to view plans of all service providers and compare them. "Now, therefore, in exercise of powers conferred upon it... and to protect the interest of the consumers of telecom sector, the authority hereby directs all the access service providers to report to the authority with effect from the 30th June 2018, through XML API web-service, all the tariffs offered to the consumers, in addition to the existing tariff reporting requirements," Trai said in its directive. 

The purpose of this is to enable operators to push their respective tariff data to Trai server in a predefined format. 

The larger implication of the directive on segmented offers still remained somewhat unclear, although the regulator's latest instructions do not explicitly mention reporting on customised or segmented plans, an area where operators, last month, got a relief from the telecom tribunal. 

TRAI is clearly entitled to ask for information, but it needs to be read and understood under the overall directions and order of TDSAT on the matter of tariff reporting," Rajan S Mathews, Director General of COAI, said. 

He said the changed format and aligning the back-end configuration will require more time to be given to operators. 

"We also feel that matters like tariff comparison information (and products) are best left to the private sector as in case of aviation, rather than falling in the regulator's domain," Mathews said. 






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