Trai unveils beta site for comparison of telcos’ tariffs
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 – tariff.trai.gov.in – 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.