Mobile Roaming Charges may soon become Free – Draft Telecom Policy 2011


The new Draft Telecom Policy 2011, which is set to replace the existing Telecom Policy has number of amendments that should make Indian consumers happy and at the same may create more anguish for Telecom Operators – who are already reeling under tremendous margin pressure to keep themselves afloat.

One of the proposals in the new Draft Telecom Policy is to abolish the Roaming charges completely. This will be a very big positive for Indian consumers especially frequent travelers who generally pay relatively heavy roaming charges.

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In current circumstances, when consumer moves out of his existing “home” circle to any of the 22 designated telecom circles, he has to pay additional charges by way of roaming. But the new “Pan-India single circle” kind of setup will ensure that mobile call charges are even through-out India, irrespective of place, city or region you are calling from.

Currently, even though MNP is available, it becomes very difficult for users to retain their number when they move out of their existing circles as all calls are charged at roaming rates. The new policy will allow such users to retain the numbers without any extra call costs.

Having said that – this new proposal will not go down well with Telecom Operators who are reeling under tremendous margin pressures. According to estimates, Mobile roaming generates Rs 13,000-14,000 crore, or roughly 10% of total revenues of telecom operators. With such high chunk of revenues coming from roaming services, it will be very difficult for Telecom Operators to accept this proposal and it will most likely be met with stiff resistance.  

Additionally, according to article in BS, the new draft telecom policy proposes to separate the licensing and spectrum allocation functions from the Department of Telecommunications (DoT), which will continue to retain the policy-making area. The subordinate offices of DoT will be given with the licensing and spectrum allocation work, which will ensure that more transparency is bought in licensing norms and procedures.

This new draft telecom policy is expected to be unveiled next week by Indian HRD minister, Mr. Kapil Sibal, though the implementation of this policy may take quite a bit of time. Telecom Operators will not accept this decision too easily…

What’s your take?

  1. Akriti Maurya says

    when country will become roamng free?

  2. Sreekanth Reddy says

    when will it come to live?

  3. DD Asthana says

    I like the Sibbal’s scheme of New Draft Policy 2011 for indian citizens.
    Thanks for the same.

  4. DD Asthana says

    It is most urgent for every mobile users in india, due to over load charges by the telecom operators e.g. Re-charge the Tariff Vouchers for every month for reduesed local and std call rate , Roaming charges, .

  5. Geoffrey C Davy says

    when the policy came into force?

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  7. Sojan says

    It is a wonderful news that removing roaming charges. It reduces new connections because I found many people buy new connection when they get in another state for calling and drop it there when they return.

  8. Bala Kumar N says

    I doubt if this roaming free is plan implemented.. many operators can gather more customer it can be marketing tool… bsnl may loose customers..

  9. Deepak Sharma says

    they should legal VoIP, We can get unlimited calls. Broadband users will increase automatically.

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