New Delhi: Vodafone Idea has sought fixing minimum tariffs for mobile data at Rs 35 per GB, which is about 7 time the current rate, and for calls at 6 paise per minute along with monthly charges from April 1, to help it pay statutory dues. Also Read - Jio vs Airtel vs Vi: Who Is Providing Better Plan At Rs 199?
Struggling to clear adjusted gross revenue dues of Rs 53,000 crore to comply with a Supreme Court order, the loss-making telco has sought 18 years time to clear the dues, including a three-year moratorium on payment of interest and penalty, according to official sources. Also Read - Internet Suspended For 2 Days at Delhi Borders Amid Farmers' Protest
In a letter to the Department of Telecommunications, the company said it wants minimum price of data should be fixed at Rs 35 per gigabyte and minimum monthly connection charge at Rs 50 from April 1, 2020. Current mobile internet prices are in the range of Rs 4-5 per GB. Also Read - Internet Still Down: Jio, Airtel Users Across Delhi-NCR Still Face Mobile Data Suspension
According to the source, Vodafone Idea wants minimum price of outgoing calls should be fixed at 6 paise per minute.
The demand to raise call and internet rates from Vodafone Idea comes within three months of the company raising rates by up to 50 per cent.