Jio to Make All Domestic Voice Calls Free from 1st January
Moneylife Digital Team 31 December 2020
With the interconnect usage charges (IUC) coming to an end on 31 December 2020, Reliance Jio Infocomm Ltd (Jio) has decided to make all off-net domestic voice calls free, from 1 January 2021. 
In a release, Jio says, "In September 2019, when Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) extended the timeline for implementation of the bill and keep (BAK) regime beyond 1 January 2020, Jio was left with no option but to start charging its customers for offnet voice calls, at a rate exactly equivalent to the applicable IUC charge. While doing so, Jio had assured its users that this charge would continue only till the time TRAI abolished IUC charges. Today, Jio has delivered on that promise and made off-net voice calls free again."
IUC is a cost paid by one mobile telecom operator to another, when its customers make outgoing mobile calls to the other operator's customers. These calls between two different networks are known as mobile off-net calls. IUC charges are fixed by TRAI and are currently at 6 paise per minute. 
Under the BAK regime, the call-originating telco, which also bills the user, would keep the entire money, making this a zero-IUC regime. 
As per its original plan, the IUC regime was supposed to come to an end in December 2019. However, on 18 December last year TRAI decided to extend it till 1 January 2021.
In October 2019, Jio had mentioned that since 2011, TRAI has repeatedly affirmed its stand that the IUC charges should be brought done to zero. However, after bringing down the IUC charges to 6 paisa per minute from 14 paise per minute from 1 October 2017, and promising to make it zero, the regulator has not done anything, Jio had alleged.
Ramesh Popat
1 year ago
in any case, pre and post paid bills are going higher and higher!
advantage telcos or govt. loser only consumer! ( though this may
make consumer wiser in due course, which is required now)
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