Reliance Jio subscribers have to pay 6 paisa per minute, here’s why?

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Mumbai: Reliance Jio Info-comm has started charging for voice calls made to subscribers of other telecoms to account for the termination charges it pays its rivals Bharti AirtelNSE and Vodafone Idea, a move which some analysts say can possibly herald a tariff rise in the telecom sector after years of brutal competition. In a statement Wednesday, the Mukesh Ambani-led telco, which had promised to keep all voice calls free, said it was “compelled” to start charging its over 350 million users to recover the 6 paisa a minute interconnect Usage Charge (IUC) it pays to other telecom’s , till the regulator brings the fee down to zero. But it will compensate it’s users by giving additional data; to ensure “no effective” increase in tariffs for its customers. Calls from Jio to Jio, landline and those from WhatsApp will remain free. All Jio customers who want to make a voice call to either Vodafone Idea or Airtel will have to buy additional top-up vouchers of Rs 10, Rs 20, Rs 50 and Rs 100, for additional IUC minutes.