Predatory pricing: TRAI will investigate all tariff arrangements, both current and historical


The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has started to look into all past and present tariff plans of telecom service providers to see if any of them have been offering predatory pricing.

Predatory pricing is a practice wherein a company sets the prices of its products or services below the cost of production to drive out competitors and gain a monopoly in the market. It is illegal under the Competition Act, 2002.

TRAI has set up a committee to review all telecom tariff plans since 2010 and determine if any of them have violated the anti-predatory pricing laws. The committee will be headed by a member of the TRAI and include representatives from the Department of Telecommunications, the Telecom Enforcement Resource and Monitoring Centre, and the Competition Commission of India.

The committee will also look into any complaints that have been filed against telecom operators for alleged predatory pricing. It will then submit its findings to the TRAI, which will determine if any violation of the law has occurred.

The committee will also recommend measures to prevent predatory pricing from occurring in the future. The TRAI will then take action against telecom operators found to be in violation of the law.