A chequered history for VoIP in India

Nov 15, 2008

A chequered history for VoIP in India

Idhries Ahmad (Nov 07, 2008)


Analysts have blamed DoT for killing the VoIP industry in India and are now very unsure whether the technology will not make any sort of progress in the country

Internet telephony industry in India after years of suffocating strangulations looks to make a new beginning in the country.

The recent TRAI recommendations, which makes case for allowing Internet telephony on PSTN networks opens doors for industry, which analysts say will boost technological convergence, push competition and will drastically reduces voice tariffs in the country.

However the recommendations which allow ISPs to provide unrestricted Internet telephony (termination of Internet telephony calls on PSTN/PLMN and vice-versa) within the existing IUC regime is subject to DoT clearance.

The recommendations have been received with cheer from the majority of ISP for whom it is sign of hope after years of unnecessary state interventions.

TRAI has now permitted National Long Distance (NLD) operators to connect to ISPs through public Internet (Internet cloud) for unrestricted Internet telephony, on condition of mutual agreement between the ISPs and NLD operators for unrestricted Internet telephony.

Explaining the rationale behind recommending the removal of restrictions on Internet telephony, TRAI said the regulatory framework denied technological advancements to the common people. Level playing field issues were advocated against permitting these services under various licenses.

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