Trai allows 1-year validity for mobile Internet data packs

At present, a company can issue recharge voucher, which can be valid for a maximum 90 days


Trai has notified the 10th amendment to the TCPR (Telecom Consumers Protection Regulations) permitting the maximum validity of 365 days for data-only STVs instead of prevailing maximum validity of 90 days. Photo: Pradeep Gaur/Mint
Trai has notified the 10th amendment to the TCPR (Telecom Consumers Protection Regulations) permitting the maximum validity of 365 days for data-only STVs instead of prevailing maximum validity of 90 days. Photo: Pradeep Gaur/Mint

New Delhi: The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) on Friday announced new rules that would allow telecom companies to offer data packs with validity of 365 days.

The earlier regulations allowed telecom companies to offer data packs with a maximum validity of 90 days.

Trai notified the The Telecom Consumers Protection (Tenth Amendment) Regulations, 2016 to permit data packs with longer validity.

The telecom regulator had first proposed the change in a July consultation paper with a view to help consumers, first-time users and price-sensitive consumers.

Trai had also said many consumers, who have recently begun using wireless Internet, consume much fewer data and therefore, a significant portion of the volume of data offered in the data-packs subscribed by them remains underutilized by the time the expiry date of data pack arrives.

The underutilized data in the pack gets forfeited at the end of the validity period, pushing up the price per megabyte for a user.

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