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National and International Long-distance Services

Varadharajan Sridhar

in The Telecom Revolution in India

Published in print December 2011 | ISBN: 9780198075530
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199081042 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198075530.003.0005
National and International Long-distance Services

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This chapter describes the critical issues in two types of backbone networks, namely, national long distance (NLD) and international long-distance (ILD) services. The framework for the access charges and the evolution of the Interconnection User Charges regime in India are explained. Due to traffic aggregation, trunking efficiency is easier to attain in an NLD network compared to access network, resulting in lesser cost per unit of information transfer. With the introduction of competition, the NLD segment in India entered into a multi-service, multi-operator scenario. It then shows the two cases of inter-carrier compensation policies that were to be addressed by the regulator and the government. The monopoly NLD and ILD services migrated to a competitive market. Though a number of licence holders are providing service, it is time that the policymakers and regulator implement the carrier access code to promote customer choice of carriers.

Keywords: national long distance; international long-distance; Interconnection User Charges; India; inter-carrier compensation; call origination patterns

Chapter.  10593 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Economic Development and Growth

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