Why Trai’s IUC arguments are struggling to hold water
One major premise in Trai's reasoning for an IUC cut is that the cost of delivering voice services is next to nothing when IP-based technologies are deployed. But does that mean voice services are actually free?
R.S. Sharma, chairman of Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai), says he is hurt by some of the criticism over the decision to cut interconnection usage charges (IUC) by more than half. In a string of interviews (see here and here, for instance), he defended the move, relying heavily on the argument that Trai’s 62-page memorandum explaining the move has answers to all questions on the matter.