TRAI’s rapacious pricing urges COAI to take legal action in court

TRAI, COAI

A fiscal disincentive of Rs 50 Lakh will be inflicted on the operators in their jurisdiction if their service rates are found to be predatory in nature

Telecom regulator TRAI’s current amendment on Tariff has now put them in legal trouble. The industry association of mobile service providers COAI mentioned that they would take some serious legal action against the apex body for which the final decision will be decided in the coming week.

COAI said an unfair and unequal pricing atmosphere has been created by the telecom watchdog within the operators with the older ones feeling intensely oppressed.

Rajan S Mathews, Director General, COAI said, “We will speak to all our members and look for a consensus on the next steps to be taken. There has to be a public debate first and we have started that. The stakeholders including the DoT (Department of Telecommunications), PMO (Prime Minister’s Office) and the courts need to look at this and take a stand on whether it is even-handed or not.”

A fiscal disincentive of Rs 50 Lakh will be inflicted on the operators in their jurisdiction if their service rates are found to be predatory in nature. TRAI’s February 16 statement says, “The definition of Non-discrimination provides a clear benchmark to telecom service providers to bring tariff offers to consumers on non-discriminatory basis.”

“Competition is an absolute necessity in any industry and in the interest of customers, it must also be fair. TRAI is legally bound to ensure orderly growth of telecom sector and also ensure level playing field for all participants,” concluded COAI.

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