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Trai tells telcos to play fair on tariffs.

TELECOM Regulatory Authority of India ( Trai) on Thursday directed telecom operators to stop discriminatory tariffs for subscribers of the same category and report all new plans to it within seven days of their launch.

Trai has issued a direction stating that `` clause 10 of the Telecommunication Tariff Order, 1999 provides that no service provider shall, in any manner, discriminate between subscribers of the same class and such classification of subscribers shall not be arbitrary. Provided that different tariffs in the nature of ' vertical price squeeze' shall be a case of discriminatory tariff." Trai said it got a complaint that some telecom operators are launching tariffs without filing it with the regulator and offering discriminatory tariff to individual customers within the same class.

Billionaire Mukesh Ambaniled Reliance Jio had filed a complaint with Trai against Sunil Mittal's Bharti Airtel in April saying the telecom major violated tariff rules by issuing misleading offers and arbitrarily discriminating among its own customers subscribing to the same plan. Jio demanded highest penalty on Airtel, alleging that the two plans of Airtel priced at Rs 293 and Rs 449, respectively are being marketed in a misleading manner.

It said Airtel's advertisements of these offers are an attempt to lure prospective subscribers making them believe that they will be provided 1 GB data per day for 70 days. However, the subscribers who do not satisfy Airtel's dual criteria, will be provisioned only 50 MB data and post that, they will be charged the exorbitant data tariff of Rs 4,000 per GB, Jio said.

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