Tech News Desk – Telecom regulator TRAI on Friday clarified on the issue related to tariff plan verification, saying that no special drive is being conducted to check all the past tariff plans filed by telcos. In a clarification note, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) said that “on receipt of specific complaints” from affected people from some TSPs, the matter is being examined and “appropriate action will be taken as per regulatory provisions”.
will double check
TRAI said that any tariff may be re-examined as per the statutory mandate of the authority in case of complaint of non-adherence to regulatory principles. This would include allegations of the predatory nature of tariffs by any stakeholder, including telcos.
Will investigate on receipt of complaint
TRAI said that no special drive is being conducted by TRAI to scrutinize all past tariff plans filed by telecom companies except for some specific plans. On receipt of specific complaints of alleged harassment by some TSPs, the matter is being looked into and appropriate action will be taken as per regulatory provisions. According to TRAI, the tariff proposals filed by the telecom companies will be reviewed to ensure compliance with the prescribed regulatory provisions. Regular checking is being done. Since the establishment of the TTO in the year 1999, the examination of tariffs has been going on for the last several years. It also issued a separate clarification on issues related to the ‘Draft Rules on Accuracy of Metering and Billing Systems’.
LSA will be audited once a year
TRAI emphasized that the proposed regulations reduce the burden on service providers in terms of the number of audits to be conducted in a year. Instead of auditing each LSA (Licensed Service Area) every quarter, an audit is proposed on an annual basis. This means that each LSA has to be audited only once a year.