Trai appeals telcos to introduce annual data packs to attract new users

Vastavam web: The telecom regulator has urged telcos to launch at least one mobile internet data pack with a 365-day validity period at the earliest to boost data consumption among marginal users and first-timers. The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) is somewhat miffed since not a single private mobile carrier has so far unveiled longer validity annual data packs that were approved by the regulator last year. “Not a single private telco, barring state-run Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL), has till date launched mobile internet data packs with 365-day validity,” a senior official told .

“This is strange,” he said, since “the request for permitting longer validity data vouchers beyond 90-days had emanated from the telecom industry last year and was supported by all stakeholders during the consultation process”. Last August, Trai, following requests from telcos, had cleared an increase in the validity period of mobile internet packs to 365 days from the 90-day limit to boost data consumption levels. It had done so by notifying the 10th amendment to the TCPR (Telecom Consumers Protection Regulations) permitting an increase in the validity period of data vouchers.