Telecom watchdog calls for operator-specific calling cards

August 20th, 2008 - 6:47 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Aug 20 (IANS) India’s telecom sector watchdog Wednesday recommended introduction of operator-specific calling cards for both domestic and international long-distance calls.In its recommendations to the Department of Telecom (DoT), the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) said the move would allow subscribers to choose service providers for both national and international calls.

“Through long distance calling cards, the customer can make long distance calls from telephone of any access provider,” Trai said in a statement.

“A consumer can subscribe to any access provider and still not be dependent on the access provider for long distance calls,” it added.

The telecom watchdog also said licence rules for long distance operators be amended to allow them to access customers directly.

Trai said competition from private operators would lead to more efficient service in the long distance segment, apart from offering choice and affordable prices.

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