He added that the telecom regulator is keen on fixing loopholes in tariffs through a transparent pricing regime, making a clear distinction between what is fair and what isn’t.
TRAI, on February 17, issued a 32-page consultation paper, ‘Regulatory Principles of Tariff Assessment’, to bring transparency in tariffs with a focus on anticompetitive behaviour of operators in pricing their services. The last date for sending the comments was set as May 1.
In the latest paper, TRAI acknowledged a loophole in the provisions, which it said made it possible to make one promotional offer after another. “’Non-predation' has not been specifically defined in TTO (Telecom Tariff Order),” it said. The regulator said though the concept of ‘promotional offer’ has been in vogue for the last 15 years, unlike regular tariff plans, its features are not that well defined.
The consultation paper deals with emergent issues including regulatory principles of tariff assessment such as transparency, promotional offers, disclosures and non-discrimination, adherence to the principle of non-predatory pricing, relevant market and assessment of dominant position.