Monday, August 18, 2008

News: Internet Telephony legal in India

The restrictions on internet telephony have been removed with TRAI - the telecom watchdog allowing unrestricted use of internet telephony for NSD (STD). A new number scheme is being worked out that will be used by the ISPs to provide telephony to subscribers. This move is seen to lower the STD rates.

Reflecting on it, some of the major ISPs ( Bharti Airtel, Tata Indicom, Reliance ) are telecom providers and the removal of this legal barrier would help them to leverage their IP infrastructure effectively in reducing the tariff for national long distance calls. This would also provide the major non-telecom ISPs ( Satyam ) to foray into internet telephony to augment their revenues.

IP telephony is already allowed in international long distance calls and Satyam which does not provide basic telephony already provides ISD facility to subsribers using this provision.


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