As per some estimates, nearly 24,000 rates are filed in a year by telecom companies – the number includes tariff plans for all operators for various circle as well as special tariff vouchers.
“We will not only have transparent tariff display on the TRAI site, we will also probably enable machine-readable data which can be exported, so people can build applications on top of it. We will provide APIs (code that enables two software programs to talk),” Mr Sharma told news agency Press Trust of India.
The ‘export’ of data will allow app makers to build products based on the tariff information displayed on TRAI site.
“…so more applications can be built on top of that. For example, in insurance, there are apps which say which policy is the best. One can also do a comparison for airfares. Similarly, people should be able to build apps on top of it (tariff data) to suggest to consumers the best plan to buy in an area,” Mr Sharma said.
Asked about the timeline for enabling export of data for the apps, he said: “We will do it pretty soon. Now, we are asking them (telcos) to submit data online which will reduce their workload also.”
Online filing of tariffs by telecom companies will mean more convenience and efficiencies in the system.
“They (telcos) have to do a lot of paper submission, online filing will make life easier for…