On September 9, 2019, Reliance Jio announced on Wednesday that it had decided to start paying customers calling on other mobile networks for six paise a minute. The Mumbai-based operator stated that the new voice fee would be at the prevailing Interconnect User Fee (IUC) level as determined by India’s Telecom Regulatory Authority (TRAI), which enables outgoing telecommunications to inter-network. Often known as voice call off-net. The latest switch was specifically designed for voice calls to other operators, while Jio-to-landline calls, incoming calls and, all Jio-to-Jio calls are available free of charge.
Reliance Jio voice call charges
Reliance Jio launched four IUC top-up vouchers to pay off-net voice calls-priced at Rs. 10 and Rs. 100. The operator announced that it would provide additional data rights of equivalent value on the basis of IUC top-up voucher use in order to ensure an improvement in consumer tariffs. In addition, postpaid Jio subscribers will be paying at a rate of six countries per minute for out – of-net outgoing calls with an improvement in the rights to free data to the limit set out in the voucher.
New Jio IUC plans
Jio is providing four new IUC plans with additional data benefits. Here are all the policies with the following benefits:
|IUC Top-Up Voucher Amount (Rs.)||IUC Minutes (Non-Jio networks)||Free Data Entitlement (GB)|
What is IUC?
The IUC or interconnect use fee is the amount that a telecommunications operator should pay to another telecommunications operator if the customer makes an outgoing call to the customer of another telecommunications operator.
Why is Jio doing this?
Reliance Jio said in a press release that it was forced to impose outgoing call charges on IUCs, forcing operators to pay to allow off-net voice calls on their networks. The manager also said that, because the IUC was impaired by its own capital, it had increased Rs. They had paid. In the last three years, 13,500 crores were extended to other operators, while in 2017, after the regulator had revised the IUC rate, other telcos continued to pay “exorbitant tariffs” and increased the voice call fee to Rs. 1,50 per minute.
Reliance Jio has assured that the charge of six paise per minute for outgoing off-net calls should only be continued until the TRAI is completely exhausted. Specifically, according to its final amendment in 2017, the regulatory authority is scheduled to implement a zero termination fee regime on 1 January 2020. If no change has been made to this rule, after this date, no voice call charges will be levied.
Reliance Jio Reliance Jio said in the release, “We hope that the IUC fee will be withdrawn in compliance with the existing regulations and that the temporary charge will expire by 31 December 2019 and that customers will not have to pay the fee.”