TRAI smacks Airtel for discriminating tariffs between users
 Source : News Bharati English  Date : 28-May-2017

New Delhi, May 28: Responding to a complaint filed by Reliance Jio against Airtel, The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) stated that telecom operators must stop providing discriminatory tariffs to the subscribers of the same category. It also demanded the telcos to report all plans to the sector watchdog within 7 days of their launch. Jio had demanded heavy penalty on Bharti Airtel for discriminatory tariffs.

Trai said in a direction issued to Airtel, “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. Providing different tariffs in the nature of 'Vertical Price Squeeze' shall be a case of discriminatory tariff”.

it has received 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, Trai added.

Reliance Jio had filed complaint with Trai against 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.