Trai un­veils beta site for com­par­i­son of tel­cos’ tar­iffs

Financial Chronicle - - PLAN, POLICY -

TELE­COM reg­u­la­tor Trai has un­veiled the beta ver­sion of a web­site that will bring on one plat­form in­for­ma­tion about mo­bile tar­iffs of all op­er­a­tors for all ser­vice ar­eas with a view to boost­ing trans­parency and al­low­ing users to com­pare plans.

In the first stage, the tele­com reg­u­la­tory au­thor­ity of In­dia (Trai) has made the tar­iff data avail­able for the Delhi cir­cle, and sought feed­back from users about new site over the next fort­night.

“This is an ef­fort to bring at one place all tar­iffs re­ported by op­er­a­tors and also of­fers a tool to com­pare those tar­iffs,” Trai sec­re­tary SK Gupta said on Mon­day.

The Trai sec­re­tary urged users to pro­vide their com­ments on pa­ram­e­ters that have been cap­tured for tar­iff com­par­i­son, and also sug­gest mod­i­fi­ca­tions, where needed. “In 15 days, we will have a gen­eral con­sen­sus on this and it will set the stage for a frame­work for all-In­dia tar­iffs in­for­ma­tion to be pro­vided on the site,” he said.

In a state­ment, Trai said new plat­form would not only ben­e­fit con­sumers but also help other stake­hold­ers do a com­par­a­tive anal­y­sis. “To en­able con­sumers see tar­iffs of dif­fer­ent TSPs (tele­com ser­vice providers) and dif­fer­ent li­censed ser­vice ar­eas at a sin­gle place, a beta ver­sion of por­tal – tar­ – has been re­leased by Trai to­day (on Mon­day),” the state­ment said.

Em­pha­sis­ing that it has a man­date to en­sure trans­parency in the sec­tor, Trai said var­i­ous tar­iff plans and other tar­iff in­stru­ments are be­ing pro­vided at its web­site in a down­load­able for­mat, for easy ac­cess. The data can be used to build tar­iff-com­par­i­son apps and prod­ucts, just as one sees for in­sur­ance or air­line fares.

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