Apex court to hear Vodafone appeal on MTRs

27 Feb 2015

India’s Supreme Court has agreed to hear a plea from UK-backed cellco Vodafone India against recent changes to Interconnection Usage Charges (IUC) – including mobile termination rates (MTRs) – implemented by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI). As previously reported by CommsUpdate, the TRAI eliminated fees for terminating calls originating from fixed lines on mobile networks, as well as for calls between fixed lines, and cut MTRs from INR0.2 to INR0.14 (USD0.00321 to USD0.00225). As the nation’s second largest wireless provider – Vodafone represented 18.9% of the sector at the end of 2014, with 178.7 million subscribers – Vodafone terminates a large number of calls on its network and stands to lose a substantial chunk of its revenue from the policy.

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