Bharti Airtel gaining more active users than Reliance Jio

Airtel pips Reliance Jio in adding active users

Airtel pips Reliance Jio in adding active users

Sharma admitted that floor price fixation may be contrary to the current practice of tariff forbearance and emphasised that the regulator had "no views" on the matter just yet.

In the country, tariffs for telecom services are now under forbearance and telcos are free to decide on consumer offerings.

The demand follows pressure on top telecom operators' revenue and profitability that have been impacted after the launch of Reliance Jio's disruptive free services in the country. "This is a new idea, we will have to deliberate on it", he added. He said the operators had argued that telcos offering below cost tariffs to consumers over a period of time may harm the industry and its financials and therefore, were rooted fora minimum floor price. Or maybe you purchased a top-up voucher for global roaming or to get additional 4G data beyond the 1GB daily limit of the Jio offer.

In fact, Jio's promotional freebies for seven months is blamed by incumbent operators for the financial woes of the sector. Banks put the total debt from the sector at around Rs 8 lakh crore, including loans from Indian banks, overseas borrowings and annual installments for spectrum bought in auctions over the last few years, and have raised concerns of loan defaults.

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Trai may take up the issue in a separate consultation or as part of one of its ongoing discussions on IUC or tariff principles. "We want to see an industry which offers quality of service to the customers and we want them to offer affordable services in a sustainable manner", Sharma said.

Reliance Jio, meeting the panel earlier, said the operators were to blame for their financial stress. Trai has also chose to hold a workshop on the contentious call connect charges in July. "Both equity and debt come at a cost - while the cost of debt is well known, it is in fact lower than cost of equity - where requirements for dividends are in fact higher than interest payments on debt", Airtel said. "IUC needs to be correctly determined to prevent predatory voice-pricing environment".

The Reliance Jio, On the other hand, has unveiled a new offer which provides 20 percent additional data on purchase of select Lyf-branded phones.