CCI has also ordered a probe into the functioning of the COAI, saying the GSM industry body was prima facie found to be promoting interests of incumbents.
The strong words from CCI come at a time when Trai is weeks away from issuing its recommendations on predatory pricing and tariff assessment.
The Chinese handset vendors have effectively reduced margins by 4-5% as of this month, according to retailers, industry officials and analysts.
Trai has held discussions on the latest IUC consultation paper, including a special workshop on the costing model each telco has, and an open house discussion.
Africa revenue climbed 1.5% to $736 million in the three months ended June from $732 million a year earlier.
In a rare letter to the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai), Mittal said IUC — which was well below cost at 14 paise a minute — had no relation to tariffs levied on consumers.
The relief measures could also include allowing spectrum to be used as collateral for loans, a move that was permitted by the RBI in 2012 but opposed by the telecom department.
According to Kotak, any pre-installed apps on a device that prevent consumers from installing competing apps “flirts with the boundaries of net neutrality“.
Experts say that among the players with stakes in the feature phone segment, a large player like Samsung – may be able to reduce prices of its feature phones.
Most of the handset makers, according to experts, may now form more partnerships with telecom service providers to take on Jio.
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