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New Delhi, Feb. 7 (PTI): The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) has said basic operators can offer alternative tariff packages as its tariff order stipulated standard tariffs, but cautioned that the regulator will ensure there is no predatory pricing.

“It (alternative tariff package) is permissible. The Trai tariff order stipulates the standard tariff package,” Trai chairman M. S. Verma said when asked about various players working out their alternative tariff packages for landline phones.

Verma pointed out: “Any tariff package will have to be approved by us and there will be two considerations. One that there should not be any predatory pricing and there must be non-discrimination.”

Recently, state-owned Bharat Sanchar Nigam had indicated that it is working out various alternative tariff packages for basic services and would file them with the regulator within this month.

BSNL had said its alternative packages were aimed at offering flexibility and value additions to subscribers.

Another PSU, Mahanagar Telephone Nigam, which offers basic services in Delhi and Mumbai, is also planning new alternative tariff packages.

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