April 20th, 2012
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TRAI hikes processing fee of top-up coupons above Rs 20

recharge-couponsNew Delhi: The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India has hiked the processing for all mobile recharge coupons (top-up vouchers) priced above Rs 20 but has left it unchanged for the vouchers below that. The ceiling on processing fee has been enhanced from Rs 2 to Rs 3. “Authority has decided to increase the ceiling on Processing Fee on Top up vouchers to Rs 3 from Rs 2 in respect of Top up vouchers having maximum retail price (MRP) of Rs 20 and above and to continue with the existing ceiling of Rs 2 in respect of top up vouchers having MRP of less than Rs 20,” Trai said in TTO.

Trai cleared the increase of 50 per cent in the charge through an amendment made to the Telecom Traiff Order (TTO) after about two-and-half years. Top-up vouchers are used by mobile pre-paid subscribers for addition of monetary value to their account. Processing fee for vouchers with less than Rs 20 value will continue to be Rs 2. This order will effect more than 90 per cent pre-paid users in the country. Trai noticed that top up vouchers priced below Rs 20 are not available with some service providers and mandated the service providers to ensure the availability of Rs 10 denomination as top-up voucher. The order comes after telecom industry body COAI and AUSPI made written submission to the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India arguing that there have been inflationary pressures over the last three years, since the ceiling of Rs 2 was prescribed by Trai.


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