Shares of telecom companies such
as Bharti Airtel and Idea Cellular plunged up to 7.4 per cent
today after Trai reduced mobile interconnection charges by
more than half to 6 paise a minute.
The scrip of Idea Cellular tumbled 7.4 per cent to Rs
76.85, Bharti Airtel tanked 6.25 per cent to Rs 370, Reliance
Communications dipped 4.21 per cent to Rs 19.30 and Tata Tele
lost 2.53 per cent to Rs 6.15 on BSE.
Shares of RIL, however, gained 3.82 per cent to Rs 872.10
-- its 52-week high.
Telecom regulator Trai yesterday announced slashing of
mobile call connection charge by more than half to 6 paise a
minute and said no rate will apply from January 1, 2020, a
move that may benefit newcomer Reliance Jio.
Mobile companies currently charge 14 paise a minute for
allowing a domestic call from a rival operator to terminate on
their network. This charge, called Interconnection Usage
Charge or IUC, will be 6 paise per minute from October 1,
2017, Trai said in a statement.
Established telecom operators have argued that every
call on the network has a cost, and expenses of an incoming
call on their network should be borne by the operator from
whose network the call has originated.
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