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India to Scrap National Roaming Charges

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Indian mobile networks are to be required to abolish internal roaming fees from next March, according to plans by the Department of Telecoms.

The mobile networks oppose the ban on roaming fees when a customer moves between licensed circles, and say that the loss of up to 10 percent of their revenues would require tariffs to rise. The move could however hit rural customers hardest, as the roaming fees are currently paid predominantly by the higher-spending urban customers.

According to an internal DoT note seen by the Economic Times, the department has listed this move amongst 'key initiatives to be completed within the next three months'.

The department also wants to expand the provision of Mobile Number Portability to allow migration to accounts in other circles without paying roaming fees. Currently, MNP is limited to accounts that remain within the same circle - or licensed area.

On the web: Economic Times

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