Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has issued a proposal to make Unstructured Supplementary Service Information (USSD) messages free for all cellular prospects within the nation. USSD messages are utilized by many operators and banking providers, typically on function telephones that wouldn’t have entry to the web. The proposal seeks to convey the price of USSD messages from a most of fifty paise right down to zero. The regulator cited low name and SMS costs as a motive for proposing the removing of fees for cellular prospects.
In a assertion on November 24, noticed by TelecomTalk, TRAI stated that the proposal to make USSD messages free for all customers relies on suggestions of a high-level Committee on Deepening of Digital Funds (CDDP) constituted by the Reserve Financial institution of India to encourage digital funds within the nation.
USSD messages are additionally utilized by telecom operators to allow function cellphone customers to examine their stability and allow providers with out entry to the Web.
TRAI stated it analysed the problem on request from the Division of Monetary Companies (DFS) to the Division of Telecom (DoT) and the regulatory physique believes that rationalisation of USSD fees is important to guard the pursuits of USSD customers and to advertise digital monetary inclusion. The Telecommunication Tariff (61st Modification) Order, 2016 had beforehand decreased the USSD-based tariff ceiling from Rs. 1.50 to the prevailing 50 paise per session.
“The Authority proposes to revise the framework for USSD based mobile banking and payment services by prescribing a ‘Nil’ charge per USSD session for mobile banking and payment service, while keeping the remaining items of USSD unchanged,” TRAI stated. The draft Modification Order has been revealed on TRAI’s web site, and the regulatory authority has invited stakeholders to ship in written feedback earlier than December 8, in accordance with TRAI.