Good News India; Enjoy free roaming from 2013!!
It’s celebration time for Indians. Visit any place within the country without paying any extra tariff as roaming charges. Putting an end to all speculations, Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal on Wednesday, Dec 12 announced that mobile phone users will not have to pay any charges on roaming from 2013. The decision of free roaming is expected to come into force by October, 2013. Both Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) and Department of Telecommunications (DoT) are discussing the issue with the government. According to sources, DoT has already set up a committee under a technical adviser and is expected to submit the report by Feb 2013. Attending a press conference on Wednesday, the telecom minister was quoted as saying, “Roaming will be free in 2013. We have to get Cabinet approval and then it comes back to us. And then it will be floated.” However, experts believe that governments’ move to implement free roaming all over the country has left the Telecos with little option prompting a tariff hike. The industry estimates show there will be eight to ten per cent reduction in the revenue margins if free roaming materializes, although it impacts only five to eight percent of the subscribers.