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TRAI issues regulations for IN services

Posted on Sep 19, 11:35AM | IBNS

Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) Tuesday issued the Intelligent Network Services in Multi Operator and Multi Network Scenario (Amendment) Regulations, 2012.

The amendment was to facilitate agreements between the service providers in a time bound manner for Intelligent Network (IN) Services such as Virtual Calling Card (VCC), Free Phone Services etc.

Even after amendment in License conditions of NLD/ILD in August, 2009, Access Service providers have not entered into agreement with NLDOs/ILDOs to facilitate the subscribers to make long distance calls using the prepaid calling cards issued by NLDO/ILDO.

Therefore, the Amendment to the IN regulations is considered necessary to provide specific time frame in the IN regulations to facilitate interconnection agreement between such service providers.

Accordingly, the draft amendment to the IN regulation was released on 12.10.2010 on TRAI's website for comments and counter comments from the stakeholders.

Taking into account various comments of the stakeholders in response to the draft regulations, the Authority has framed the amendment to the regulations and released them Tuesday.

The present amendment will facilitate all service providers, who are already providing IN based services or would start IN based services at a later date, to enter into agreement with all access providers, in a time bound manner, in the consumer interest.

The present amendment would be useful for Virtual calling Card (VCC) issued by long distance providers.

Presently Virtual calling Card (VCC) are not much in use and being mainly operator specific, cannot be accessed by all the subscribers. After agreements between the service providers in the framework of the regulations, the subscribers will be able to make STD/ISD Calls using Calling Cards issued by NLDOs/ILDOs.

Also, TRAI Tuesday released the Telecommunication Interconnection (Port Charges) (Second Amendment) Regulations, 2012.

Port is an essential part for the establishment of the interconnection between two networks.

Port may be defined as a place of termination on a switch/exchange to provide Point of Interconnection (POI) for ingress and egress of traffic between the two interconnecting networks.

The Port charges are payable by the interconnection seeker to the interconnection provider for terminating interconnection links on the network interface of the interconnection provider.

The port charges were initially determined by TRAI in 1999 and modified by issuing 'The Telecommunication Interconnection (Port Charges) Regulation 2001' in December 2001. These charges were subsequently revised in February, 2007. To further review port charges, TRAI issued a consultation paper on May 9.

On the basis of comments/ counter comments received from stakeholders and further internal analysis, TRAI issued the amendment to the regulations.

In the present amendment, ceiling for providing port in Tandem/ TAX Switch has been specified as Rs. 10,000 per port per annum and for providing port in MSC, the ceiling has been specified as Rs. 4,000 per port per annum. The revised Port Charges will come into effect from Oct 1, 2012.