Your phone number may come at a cost as Trai mulls fee


NEW DELHI: Your phone operator may quickly cost a fee for the number of your smartphone and the landline if a proposal by telecom regulator Trai will get carried out.
Trai feels that phone number “represents an exceedingly valuable public resource which is not infinite” and fees may be imposed on cellular operators, who may subsequently recuperate them from customers.
It can be contemplating whether or not to impose penalties on operators, who’re holding on to number assets with low utilisation. For instance, a subscriber with twin SIMs not utilizing one for a very long time however the operator will not be cancelling this number in concern of shedding consumer base.
“…Simply adhering to strict criteria for assigning numbering resources might not ensure judicious and efficient use of freely allotted numbering resources by service providers. One way of ensuring judicious and efficient use of any finite public resource is by imposing charges, while allocating it. Efficient utilisation can be further ensured by introducing penal provision for those holding numbering resources with low utilisation.”

Trai stated similar to spectrum, possession of the numbering house resides with govt, which solely grants cellular operators utilization rights over the designated number useful resource in the course of the tenure of licences. The new Telecom Law, which was handed in December final 12 months, additionally has an enabling provision to cost for numbers, technically recognized as ‘telecom identifiers’.
To make a stronger case for fixing a cost on cellular operators, Trai cited a number of nations the place a fee is levied for phone numbers, both on the cellular operator or on subscribers. These embody nations such as Australia, Singapore, Belgium, Finland, the UK, Lithuania, Greece, Hongkong, Bulgaria, Kuwait, Netherlands, Switzerland, Poland, Nigeria, South Africa, and Denmark.
Talking in regards to the doable strategies of charging, Trai stated govt can look at both imposing a one-time cost per number, or search an annual recurring cost for every numbering useful resource allotted to the service supplier, or allocate numbering collection, with govt conducting centralised auctions for the self-importance numbers.
Trai, which has to submit suggestions to govt that may even cowl the side of ever-shrinking numbering assets within the period of 5G, machine-to-machine communications and web of issues, can be taking a leaf out of the a number of auctions that cellular operators perform for ‘self-importance/fancy/premium numbers’.

Nilesh Desai
Nilesh Desai
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