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No Roaming Charges from 2013

Mobile phone subscribers won’t have to pay roaming charge from 2013, say Kapil Sibal, Telecom Minister. The decision would kick in the achievement of the "one nation, free roaming" that was announced by Sibal previously this year. The minister on Monday said again that as per the policy of government, the subscribers would be free from the load of roaming charges after this year.

The Minister was addressing to the media on the nonessentials of the drape raiser occasion of India Internet Governance Conference.

NTP 2012, agreed in May, aspired to close down roaming charges and permit mobile phone subscribers to use similar number all around the country without having to pay additional charges for services once they are exterior their telecom circle.

For the moment, R Chandrashekhar, Telecom Secretary, said the Department of Telecom (DoT) is working on Notice Inviting Applications for spectrum sale after which it will work on unified license (UL) rule, also a part of the NTP 2012.

"We are first going to be present at to all issues allied to sale. The instant NIA is issued this week, we will focus on UL. After information of full UL is functioned out, the modalities for free roaming will track," he said.

It is expected that NIA will be declared on September 28 as per the schedule.

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