Trai cuts ISD incoming call termination rate to 30 paise

International Incoming Call Termination Charges Cut

Telecom regulator Trai on Friday slashed worldwide incoming call termination rate to 30 paise, from 53 paise, to curb the "grey route".

"Regulations, 2018" which prescribes International Termination Charges.

At an earlier open house discussion, the issue of domestic and worldwide termination charge was discussed by stakeholders, wherein a need for addressing global charges at a more proactive level cropped up.

The move is expected to hit hard the top three telecom players - Bharti Airtel, Vodafone, Idea Cellular - who are estimated to together generate revenues of about Rs 5,000 crore from incoming global calls.

According to the stakeholders, an increase in ITC will provide higher foreign earnings for the country, and also a higher licence fee for the government.

Worldwide calls may become cheaper as the telecom regulator has cut global incoming call termination charges, according to an official statement released on Friday.

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The menace of grey route poses serious security threat apart from causing significant leakage in the revenue accruable to India and its telecom service providers.

However, the COAI argued that the move of reducing the rate by almost 43 per cent could result in loss of foreign exchange, as well as a loss of revenue to the exchequer from licence fee and GST.

But TRAI said the move could curb the use of grey routes and the proliferation of OTT (over-the-top) routes for global voice calls.

The Cellular Operators Association of India termed it a "body blow" to the telecom industry, which is "passing through one of its toughest phases".

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