TRAI postpones BAK regime for call termination charges

18 Dec 2019

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has postponed the introduction of the Bill and Keep (BAK) regime for wireless to wireless domestic call termination charges until 1 January 2021. Previously, the regulator had intended to implement the system, under which network operators are able to terminate calls on other networks at no charge (effectively eliminating mobile termination charges), from 1 January 2020 but decided to delay the introduction following consultation with industry stakeholders. In the interim, the previous mobile termination rate (MTR) of INR0.06 (USD0.00084) per minute will remain in place.

In a related development, the TRAI has published a public consultation document on tariff issues in the sector and potential regulatory intervention. In particular, the regulator is seeking input on whether the introduction of a price floor for tariffs is necessary to limit certain anti-competitive behaviours, and how the limit should be determined.