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Airtel in favour of IUC to stay for next 3 years, Jio wants it scrapped
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New Delhi, Oct. 21 -- More cracks have emerged in the already divided telecom sector with Reliance Jio batting for scrapping interconnect usage charges (IUC) from next year but incumbents Bharti Airtel, Vodafone Idea and Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd opposing the move.
This comes at a time when the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India has floated a fresh consultation paper to see if there is a need to revise the applicable date for scrapping IUC from 1 January, 2020, given the continuing imbalance in inter-operator traffic.
Airtel and Vodafone Idea, which are currently battling shrinking revenue streams, thanks to Jio's cut-throat tariffs, have welcomed Trai's regulatory rethink.
Jio believes this rethink to scrap interconnect usage charge...
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