Telecom Regulatory Trai has allowed to increase the validity of mobile data packs from 3 months tenure to yearly. This type of packs boosts the usage by marginal consumers and also has the keen fascination for the first time Internet users.
Trai stated in a statement, "Requests were received in Trai seeking longer validity for data packs (that is Special Tariff Vouchers with only data benefits) primarily to address the concern of marginal consumers of wireless Internet who prefer lower denomination data packs with longer validity".
As for now, the telecom-based firms issues the recharge vouchers, that can be valid for up to maximum 90 days. For this, if the consumers are not able to consume the purchased Internet data within the specified time period, the remaining data become lapse.
Trai said the present regulatory regime allows "telecom service providers to offer data services in the form of Special Tariff Voucher (STV) either exclusively or in combination with other tariff items with a maximum permitted validity of 90 days".
Earlier, the Trai notified The Telecom Consumers Protection (Tenth Amendment) Regulations, 2016 to permit data packs with longer validity.
"After undertaking a consultation process, 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," it added.
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