Now Reliance Jio customers will have to pay 6 paise per minute for calling on another company’s network. For this, they will have to top-up the Interconnect Uses Charge (IUC). However, the people who the top will be compensated by giving free data of that value. This rule will come into effect from 10 October. The company gave this information on Wednesday.
- This fee will be applicable from October 10, 35 million customers of Jio will be affected
- Jio customers will have to take a top-up voucher for calls on other networks, the company will give free data on the price of the voucher
- Calls, internet calls and incoming calls from Jio will be free as before
Customers have to take any of these top-up vouchers
IUC Minutes (Non-Jio Network )
Free Data (GB)
Telecom companies have to pay each other an IUC charge. This charge is due to customers making calls on each other’s network. Like- Jio customers will call Airtel, then Jio will have to pay IUC charge to Airtel. Its rate is determined by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI).What is the IUC Charge?
It was proposed to abolish the IUC charge from 1 January 2020.
Jio said that all Internet calls, incoming calls, calls from Jio to Jio and calls to landline will remain free as before. TRAI reduced IUC charge from 14 paise to 6 paise on 1 October 2017. It was proposed to be scrapped completely from January 1, 2020, but TRAI again brought in a consultation paper on it. Therefore, these charges may continue even further.
25-30 million missed calls daily on Jio’s network
Jio says that in the last three years, it has paid Rs 13,500 crore as an IUC charge to other operators. Till now, the burden was not passed on to the customers. However, in view of the possibility of continuing these charges even after 31 December, it was forced to take a decision. Jio’s network receives 25-30 million missed calls every day. That is, we were providing convenience to our customers as well as customers of other operators.