No roaming charges from next year: Sibal

NEW DELHI: Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal Monday said that from next year mobile phone users will not have to pay roaming charges.

When asked when does the government plan to remove roaming charges as per the National Telecom Policy 2012, Sibal said it will be free from next year.

In May this year, the  cabinet approved a new telecom policy that seeks to do away with roaming charges throughout the country.

Currently, a user pays an extra amount called roaming charge while making or receiving calls in a circle outside his home network.

The new policy, approved in May, paves the way for free roaming and nationwide mobile number portability.

The minister also said the new policy would replace the older regulation, which has been in effect for more than 12 years now and provides a predictable and stable policy regime for a period of nearly 10 years.