TRAI kicks off ADC review

NEW DELHI, MARCH 17. In less than two months of the new levy regime that resulted in financial loss of about Rs. 1,700 crore annually to the two public sector undertakings — BSNL and MTNL — the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) today came out with another consultation paper to review the existing regime.

The existing levy, known as Access Deficit Charge (ADC), regime came into effect from February 1, had resulted in lower long distance tariffs on mobile phones. These tariffs could fall further once the new regime comes into effect.

The TRAI has asked the stakeholders to send their views by April 15 and recommendations on fresh rates were expected in three to six months after analysing the data provided by the telecom operators. — PTI

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