After being steady at 48 paise/min for 5 years, call rate down to 16 paise

Written by Pranav Mukul
| New Delhi |
Published: July 24, 2018 2:14:45 am

Fall triggered in Sept 2016 by RJio’s entry; tariffs may decline further.

After remaining in the range of 48 paise per minute to 51 paise per minute for over five years between March 2011 and September 2016, average voice tariff in India have fallen to a third at 16 paise per minute as of March 2018, data released by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) shows. Sectoral experts and analysts suggest that the sudden fall in tariffs was primarily due to the rise in competition caused by the entry of Reliance Jio in September 2016, which began offering services for free at the time of its launch.

Data sourced from the regulator’s quarterly filings on telecom sector’s performance indicators shows that while the per minute voice tariffs were range-bound…

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