No Roaming Charges For Mobile Users Traveling Within India From 2013

Indian communications ministry announced today there will be no roaming charges levied on mobile phone consumers from 2013 if one is travelling within the country.

The telecom secretary R Chandrasekhar told this to a national newspaper there but didn’t mentioned the month from when it will be executed.

Earlier this year the communications minister Kapil Sibal announced this nation-free roaming plan to be soon implemented in the country. The Union Cabinet approved in May this year the National Telecom Policy – 2012 that also includes free roaming within India.

The National Telecom Policy – 2012 also brings pan-India mobile permit, which is like a unified licence to enable service providers to offer all services.

Mr Chandrasekhar added the Unified Licence (UL) would be finalized by December this and thereafter it will soon be rolled out. Later the ‘One nation-free roaming’ will also be implemented, and all this will take place in 2013.

The roaming charges account for about 10 percent of the revenues of service providers. The roaming free will dent revenues of the mobile network companies and it will bring down mobile bills of consumers who travel frequently within India.

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