Trai unveils beta site for comparison of telcos’ tariffs
City: 

Telecom regulator Trai has unveiled the beta version of a website that will bring on one platform information about mobile ta­r­iffs of all operators for all service areas with a view to boosting transparency and allowing users to compare plans.

In the first stage, the telecom regulatory authority of India (Trai) has made the ta­r­iff data available for the De­lhi circle, and sought feedback from users about new site over the next fortnight.

“This is an effort to bring at one place all tariffs reported by operators and also off­e­rs a tool to compare those ta­riffs,” Trai secretary SK Gu­pta said on Monday.

The Trai secretary urged users to provide their comm­e­nts on parameters that ha­ve been captured for tariff co­mparison, and also sugge­st modifications, where nee­ded. “In 15 days, we will have a general consensus on this and it will set the stage for a framework for all-India tariffs information to be provided on the site,” he said.

In a statement, Trai said new platform would not only benefit consumers but also help other stakeholders do a comparative analysis. “To en­able consumers see tariffs of different TSPs (te­lecom service providers) and different licensed service ar­e­as at a single place, a beta version of portal – tariff.trai.gov.in – has been released by Trai to­day (on Monday),” the statement said.

Emphasising that it has a mandate to ensure transpa­r­e­ncy in the sector, Trai said various tariff plans and other tariff instruments are being provided at its website in a downloadable format, for easy access. The data can be used to build tariff-comparison apps and products, just as one sees for insurance or airline fares.