Lets Hear It

The controversy ridden CPP system will get a fresh hearing in August, as the telecom watchdog assess public opinion for the interconnection model. The controversy ridden CPP system will get a fresh hearing in August, as the telecom watchdog assess public opinion for the interconnection model. An earlier exercise where consumers wrote in their opinion was reported to be overwhelmingly against the caller party pays model.

The public hearings set for the first week of August will hear oral submissions mostly from consumers and other stakeholders who write in with their opinion earlier.

Key among the concerns is the proposed interconnection charges or the additional cost a caller would incur in calling a mobile user.

Numerous earlier attempts to implement the proposed interconnection scheme failed, with the last falling apart as consumer lobbies protested that regulatory authorities and operators did not create sufficient awareness.

Under the proposed tariff structure consumers could pay up to Rs. 5.00 more per minute.

On the up side, particularly for mobile phone users incoming charges would be dropped as the person initi