Mobile subscribers in India get access to 4G data at a price as low as Rs 3.5 per GB, news agency PTI reports. Almost all the telecom companies in the country have named themselves losers in the past to increase the standard of prepaid plans they offer to their customers. But once again, those standards are on the rise. Calls and data prices are expected to rise 10 times. Airtel, Jio and Vodafone Idea are expected to increase the calls and data charges to customers.
The telecom companies took this decision as they are in serious jeopardy. However, if the charges increase by 10% then 1 GB costs Rs.35, the current charge is Rs.3.5. It is rumored that the Airtel will charge 1 GB data at Rs.30. Likewise, Jio is looking to charge Rs 20 for 1 GB.
However, the telecom companies have already sent out proposals to increase their calls and data charges. Analysts say that if TRAI approves, those charges could raise at any time. Analysts believe that if calls and data charges increase, consumers will have to pay large amounts for monthly plans. The Telecom regulatory authority of India (TRAI) is reportedly consulting interested parties over setting a minimum price for call and data services following the industry’s demand. The Competition Commission of India (CCI), however, is not in favor of this step. It has aid that setting a floor price for mobile services is a regressive step that may have a detrimental effect on the market.
"No mature jurisdictions have imposed price floors on crucial sectors like telecom. Such retrograde regulatory measures bring inefficiencies in the longer run," CCI in its statement said to PTI.