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In Reliance Jio, Airtel, Voda, Idea fight, real issue is where Trai ruling can be appealed

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Expect a battle of words when the telecom regulator, Trai, comes out, either today or later this week, with its regulations on the charges telcos pay one another when a subscriber calls from one network to the other—the Interconnect Usage Charge (IUC). While RJio has said incumbents like Bharti Airtel, Vodafone and Idea have overcharged consumers Rs 1 lakh crore over the last five years on account of a high IUC, it has argued this cost could come down dramatically were the incumbents to have the kind of high-tech network it has. The incumbents, for their part, argue that what matters is that the total costs, including those for spectrum, are taken into account—in response to the RJio........

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