Jio Free Domestic Voice Calls from January 1

Telecom operator Reliance Jio has announced the free domestic Voice calls from 1st Jan 2021. Off-net domestic voice calls will be free for all its users countrywide. Earlier, the interconnect usage charges (IUC) had been eliminated by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) as part of the Bill. 

"Honouring its commitment to revert off-net domestic voice-call charges to zero, as soon as IUC charges are abolished, Jio will once again make all off-net domestic voice calls free, starting 1st January 2021," Reliance Jio said in a statement. They also added that Jio stands firm on its commitment to make the common Indian the beneficiary of advanced technologies like VoLTE.

Reliance Jio had earlier started charging 6 paise per minute for off-net calls to its customers from October 2019 after TRAI extended the timeline for implementation of IUC regime in September 2019 to January 1, 2021. 

It is expected that Jio will slightly modify its plans in the coming days in accordance with the removal of its IUC charges. Reliance Jio may also lose out on the revenue from IUC as it has the largest subscriber base and the majority of the calls originate from its network. 
The major beneficiary of latest TRAI order are Airtel and Vi as theyhave a smaller subscriber base when compared to Jio will likely gain from this. Airtel records 3.8 million new subscribers in September – more than twice that of Reliance Jio’s additions
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