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Chapter 18: Telecom on the Rocks with a Twist of IUC
Telecom on the Rocks with a Twist of IUC
In October 2017, India's telecom regulator more than halved the interconnect usage charge and said the fee will be scrapped from 2020. Let's examines the possibility that telecom firms would be forced to upgrade to voice over long-term evolution (VoLTE) technology following the decision of Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI).30
[Page 79]In October 2017, TRAI cut interconnection usage charges (IUC) to 6 paisa per minute from 14 paisa per minute, triggering howls of protest from incumbents. Has the regulator indeed accelerated the move towards VoLTE networks and thereby violated the principle of technology neutrality?
Interconnection is the service provided by one network to another to provide access to ...