The telecom secretary added that the new national telecom policy will shift the focus of the sector towards affordable accessibility and quality of service.
“Tariff principles are final: We will issue them in a couple of days,” RS Sharma, chairman of the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai), told ET.
A senior official told that the wing, which is responsible for managing spectrum frequencies and issues various kinds of licences for creating, operating and maintaining wireless networks, will be brought online from February.
Trai has argued that reduction in termination charge would reduce arbitrage with domestic call tariffs, therefore plugging the illegal VOIP gateway business in India.
In an interview to ET, Union telecom minister Manoj Sinha talks about the National Telecom Policy, the spectrum cap and Centre's view on the recent 2G verdict.
Change in ITR will make things worse for incumbents that are already reeling under the impact of a 57% reduction in local interconnect charges from last October 1.
The commission also extended the payments tenure for auctioned airwaves to 16 years from 12 years and lowered the interest rate on penalties on outstanding dues of telcos to 12% from 14%.
The Telecom Commission has approved the TRAI's recommendations removing 50% cap on intra-band spectrum holdings of carriers post merger.
About 1,000 retailers have been removed from the network and penalised as of December, and the number is likely to rise as investigation continues.
The trend is likely to continue in 2018 as brands such as Xiaomi, Lenovo, Oppo and Vivo penetrate deeper into smaller cities and towns to increase sales.
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