Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has issued a proposal to make Unstructured Supplementary Service Information (USSD) messages free for all cell clients within the nation. USSD messages are utilized by many operators and banking providers, usually on function telephones that should not have entry to the web. The proposal seeks to carry the price of USSD messages from a most of 50 paise right down to zero. The regulator cited low name and SMS costs as a purpose for proposing the elimination of expenses for cell clients.
In a statement on November 24, spotted by TelecomTalk, TRAI mentioned that the proposal to make USSD messages free for all customers is predicated on suggestions of a high-level Committee on Deepening of Digital Funds (CDDP) constituted by the Reserve Bank of India to encourage digital funds within the nation.
USSD messages are additionally utilized by telecom operators to allow function telephone customers to test their stability and enable services with out entry to the Web.
TRAI mentioned it analyzed the difficulty on request from the Division of Monetary Companies (DFS) to the Division of Telecom (DoT) and the regulatory physique believes that rationalization of USSD expenses is critical to guard the pursuits of USSD customers and to advertise digital monetary inclusion . The Telecommunication Tariff (61st Modification) Order, 2016 had beforehand decreased the U.S.-based tariff ceiling from Rs. 1.50 to the prevailing 50 pay per session.
“The Authority proposes to revise the framework for USSD primarily based cell banking and fee providers by prescribing a ‘Nil’ cost per USSD session for cell banking and fee service, whereas conserving the remaining gadgets of USSD unchanged,” TRAI mentioned. The draft Modification Order has been printed on TRAI’s web site, and the regulatory authority has invited stakeholders to ship in written feedback earlier than December 8, in line with TRAI.