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TRAI evaluating option of per-second billing by operators

india Updated: Oct 08, 2009 21:57 IST

Telecom regulator TRAI on Thursday said it is evaluating the possibilities of making it mandatory for telecom operators to offer a per-second billing plan as an option along with their other schemes to the subscribers.

"It is a proposal. We are not deciding anything on Thursday. Per-second billing will be one of the options that (telecom) service providers have to provide to the subscribers," Telecom Regulatory Authority of India Chairman J S Sarma told reporters.

He added that operators can offer it along with other plans (per-minute).

The regulator will examine the feasibility of bringing in such a provision.

"Currently, we are preparing a consultation paper on this, which will be out in one to one-and-a-half months," he added.

Sarma said the idea behind the move is to bring in a plan for consumers, which offers per-second billing.

Earlier on Monday, Sarma, on the sidelines of International Telecommunication Union conference in Geneva, said, "We may ask all the operators to consider per-second pulse as a mandatory tariff option along with their other tariff plans."

Sarma's comments kicked up a row that the regulator was trying to fix tariffs.

Telecom stocks also tumbled the next day on fears that profitability of telcos would be hit.

Sarma clarified that "It (the move) does not mean we will fix the tariffs. It's up to the operators to fix the tariff."