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COAI hails hike international terminal charges

NEW DELHI: Welcoming TRAI’s regulation on International Termination Charges, COAI said it is certainly a step in the right direction and will ensure the country does not lose precious FOREX in paying higher international termination rates to other countries.

Rajan S Mathews, DG, COAI, said: “We welcome this step by the Regulator to revise the Fixed International Termination Charge from 30 paise to a forbearance regime within a prescribed range of 35 paise to 65 paise per minute.”

Mathews recalled that COAI, in its response to the consultation paper, had submitted that in order to protect the interest of Indian telecom operators, the regulator should prescribe a higher rate of ILD termination charge to ensure parity with other countries that terminate calls to India.

With this revision, he said, ILDOs are expected to adjust their charges accordingly and regain parity with international countries. “This is certainly a step in the right direction and will ensure the country does not lose precious FOREX in paying higher international termination rates to other countries,” Mathews said.

The Indian telecom sector needs more such measures to ensure robust telecom infrastructure and financial health, COAI said.

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