Indian Broadband Policy and Regulatory Resources

Regulating Retail Prices

Price regulation is important to correct monopolistic or collusive tendencies in the telecommunications market place before competition was introduced in the telecommunication sector. 

TRAI’s approach of forbearance has been linked to India having one of the cheapest cheapest mobile call and broadband rates in the world. More details can be found here



Regulating Retail Pricing – In the transition to competition, many countries kept some retail price controls to manage the price rebalancing that comes with the transition from monopoly to competition. This section reviews, Policy Issues related to retail pricing, Key Concepts and Price Caps.

Price Benchmarking – As a part of LIRNEasia‘s program on Indicators 2010-2012, we present Broadband, International Voice, International Roaming and Broadband Quality of Service Experience (QoSE) Benchmarks for the countries we work in within the South Asian and Southeast Asian regions.


ITU ICT Price Benchmarks – ITU’s ICT Price Basket (IPB) is a composite affordability measure based on three sub-baskets – fixed telephone, mobile cellular and fixed broadband Internet services – and computed as a percentage of average Gross National Income (GNI) per capita. As a comprehensive benchmarking tool, the IPB monitors the relative price of ICT services and provides an indication of how affordable services are, across countries, and over time.