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TRAI Rejects Telcos’ Proposal to Charge Fee on Popular Services like WhatsApp, Viber and Skype

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Users of WhatsApp, Viber, Skype and other apps won’t have to shell out any extra charges as the telecom regulator has decided against a proposal of carriers to make companies that offer these popular services share part of their revenue with them or the government.

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) has also shelved plans to initiate a consultation process as it feels that operators are able to offset their losses through growth in data revenue, people familiar with the matter told ET. The industry had estimated a minimum annual loss of Rs 5,000 crore due to subscribers opting for free messenger services and voice over Internet calls. “One-third of the incremental revenue of the telecom industry is coming from data services itself. As far as the voice services are concerned, there is an upswing in the realisation rates,” one of the Trai officials told ET, explaining the rationale for not intervening for now. Original post at ET Telecom/Anandita Singh Mankotia

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