TRAI says Idea and Vodafone’s Packages covered under differential tariff regulation

New Delhi: The recently brought Regulations of the TRAI- Telecom Regulatory Authority of India, have now moved stating that the operators like Idea Cellular and Vodafone do not have an operator- agnostic application like the one called Wynk of Bharti Airtel which is brought for movie and music downloads. However, in the decision, it was made clear that these operators may have tie- ups with the Hungama Play exclusively for their subscribers, but their subscriptions charges, will be waived off for the first 3 months.

As such, with this new decision, the telecommunication operators like Vodafone India and Idea Cellular are thrown into tizzy (panic). However, this decision is also made clear that the operators can continue their already in force packages for the minimum period of 6 months, as directed by TRAI.

It is also notable that the major- Vodafone India’s packages have been launched in 2 circles viz. in Bangalore and Mumbai, and this was seen after the said regulations which were announced by the Telecom Regulatory Authority- TRAI.

Now, the telecommunication major- Vodafone is contending that the package introduced by it is not in violation of the differential tariff. And it was seen as per Vodafone that the Wynk of Bharti Airtel is in violation of the regulations.

However, it is further notable that the another telco- Idea Cellular is not seemed launching any such package in any circle, even after the regulations have been brought. However, recently Idea Cellular has launched its 4G services, where it has launched such packages. But, again notably, this major has announced that it will carry on with the package as per the permissible period by TRAI.

However, both operators and also the Cellular Operators Association of India will hopefully, write to the TRAI for claiming the clarification in relation to such tariff packages.

But, it is straight- forward approach of the TRAI that, having differential tariff in relation to anything which is available on the Internet will not be permissible. And TRAI has specifically claimed to have observed such differential tariff packages with the both concerned telco majors (viz. Vodafone India and Idea Cellular).

Adv. Faim Khalilkhan Pathan