The Cellular Operators’ Association of India (COAI) has written to the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) suggesting that there is a need to fix the floor price for mobile data services and that this floor price should be applied uniformly to all categories of subscribers and for all type of tariff plan offerings.
COAI has also said while there is an urgent requirement of setting the floor price for data services, there seems to be no such need for voice calls. Instead, voice tariffs should remain under forbearance.
As per COAI, fixation of a floor price, despite the recent hike in tariffs, is the way forward to guarantee minimum revenue for the telcos, thereby ensuring viable and orderly growth of the sector.
However, COAI has not submitted its own estimates on what the ideal floor price should be, leaving it to operators to give their individual calculations and suggestions.