Telecom companies may hike mobile phone tariffs to cover up roaming loss

January 12, 2013

The government is working on a proposal to cut license fees of telecom companies by at least two to three per cent to compensate them for loss in revenue that would occur when they switch to a free roaming regime in coming months. According to industry estimates, free roaming could reduce the revenue margins of operators by as much as 8-10 per cent.
Telecom companies are planning to hike mobile phone tariffs to cover up the loss and this would not go well with voters at a time when crucial Assembly elections are due this year followed by the general elections next year.
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