Reliance Jio to starting charging for voice calls to other networks

Jio interconnect usage charges top-up pack start from Rs 10 Heres all you need to know

Jio interconnect usage charges top-up pack start from Rs 10 Heres all you need to know

As a result, it has chose to start charging its customers 6 paisa per minute on the outgoing calls made to other network to recover the IUC which the company pays to other network providers.

After ringtone time reductions, this move is going to set off the new tariff war on voice calls.

Shares of Bharti Airtel hit a 52-week high of Rs 385, up 7 per cent on the BSE on Thursday, after Reliance Jio (RJio) on Wednesday said it would charge 6 paise per minute on off-net calls. But it has now floated a consultation paper to review whether the regime timeline needs to be extended.

It is to be noted that this is the first that Jio customers will have to pay for voice calls because the service has been free since September 2016.

With Reliance Jio announcing 6 paise per minute charge for voice calls to rival networks, Vodafone Idea on Wednesday termed the announcement "an action of undue haste" and Airtel termed the Mukesh Ambani-owned company's move a forced tactics to reduce interconnection charges.

"The price differential of free voice on Jio network and exorbitantly high tariffs on 2G networks causes the 35 - 40 crore 2G customers of Airtel and Vodafone-Idea to give missed calls to Jio customers".

"It seems like the consultative process is being challenged and is potentially drawing attention away from the real issue that the industry is in deep financial stress, a fact that's now widely acknowledged". I am sure the lot of them used to taunt any other network users for even thinking about using anything other than Reliance Jio. According to the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI), the current IUC is priced at six paise per minute.

However, there will be no 6 paise per minute charge on Jio to Jio calls, all incoming calls, Jio to landline calls and calls made using WhatsApp or FaceTime and similar platforms. "The Authority, if deems it necessary may revisit the scheme of Termination charge applicable on Wireless-to-Wireless calls after one year from the implementation of the regulation", the statement added.

The company has introduced special IUC (Interconnect Usage) Top-Up vouchers for prepaid users which will offer free outgoing minutes and data as well.

However, Jio is looking to offset this additional cost to customers by providing additional data entitlement of equivalent value based on IUC top-up voucher consumption.

IUC for mobile calls was reduced from 14 paise per minute to 6 paise per minute from October 1, 2017.

Since voice calls on the Jio network are free, the company had to bear the Rs 13,500 crore payment. The Rs 50 IUC voucher brings 656 minutes of outgoing voice calls to other networks and 5GB data.

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