Group company, Tata Tele-Services (TTSL) a CDMA cellular
service provider, is changing its billing from the per-second
pulse to-per minute pulse. The company is also devising
a differential tariff plan for calls made within its own
According to the company, under the new plan, the pulse
rate would be changed to per minute against the per second
pulse used earlier. Company officials said this was for
easy benchmarking of its lower tariff against that offered
by its competitors who offer the minute pulse billing
company also intends to move ahead with plans to offer
cheaper rates for Tata Indicom mobile users as is the
practice followed by nearly all other cellular operators
at present. This is despite the fact that the Department
of Telecommunications (DoT) is contemplating banning cellular
operators from offering lower rates for calls made within
company says in its defence that it would withdraw the
plan if DoT puts the ban into effect.
company is also launching two new pre-paid cards of the
Rs180 and Rs550 (including service tax) in place of the
previous minimum of Rs330.
Teleservices is part of the Tata Group, with a formidable
presence across the telecom value chain. The Tata Group
has declared plans of making additional investment of
around Rs9,000 crore ($2 billion) in this sector in the
next two years.
Teleservices was the first to launch CDMA mobile services
in India and company offers services under the brand name
'Tata Indicom' in eight key Indian circles comprising
70 per cent of the telecom revenue potential of the country.