Telecom regulator Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has sought additional information from leading service providers, including Bharti Airtel and Vodafone, on their recent decision to hike mobile tariffs by up to 20%.
Companies like Bharti Airtel, Idea Cellular, Vodafone and RCom recently raised tariffs for their services by about 20% in most operating circles.
Industry experts are of the view that the hike in mobile tariffs is anti-consumer and it will only result in an abnormal increase in companies’ profits. Most of the operators have been given spectrum free of cost so that they can provide affordable services.
[advt]Earlier, the TRAI had sent letters to all the companies that recently hiked tariffs, seeking their justification for the tariff hike.
“TRAI has received replies from various operators and we have asked for some more inputs from some of the service providers for their reasons to hike tariffs,” a TRAI source said.