TRAI went to the HC against the Telecom Disputes Settlement and Appellate Tribunal’s (TDSAT) interim stay granted on TRAI’s order, which required compulsory reporting of all segmented discounts, offers, etc. The regulator had also dropped parameters such as volume of traffic and switching capacity from the definition of SMP, thus giving pricing flexibility only to operators with less than 30% of the market’s subscribers or revenue.
The Delhi HC said it could expedite the final hearing of the appeal filed by Airtel and Idea before TDSAT and also that it was left to the telecom tribunal to make any changes to the interim stay order. The date of TDSAT’s next hearing is not known yet.
Reliance Jio Infocomm supported TRAI’s argument, saying that if all price plans were not stated, then the customer remained unaware of discounts available to them. Jio said it was the only operator adhering to TRAI’s rules of making all its tariff plans public on the website.