Department of Telecommunications to scrutinize Airtel Zero : Report

Bharti Airtel LogoThe Department of Telecommunications (DoT) will closely examine the controversial Airtel Zero, which is blamed to be violating net neutrality, says a report by a national daily The Times of India (TOI).

Telecom Authority of India (TRAI) runs a similar consultation on Over-the-top (OTT) applications and Government’s study will run parallel to it. However, Government will not proceed to any action without considering TRAI’s recommendation. DoT may also bring some plan to regulate OTT services, reports TOI.

In December 2014, Airtel had tried to charge higher tariff for internet telephony players such as Whatsapp, Skype, Line etc. The service provider withdrew its plan after receiving strong rejections from the social media, as well as its fellow players like Vodafone and Idea Cellular. Government will also consider these previous attempts of Airtel while scrutinizing Airtel Zero.

Government has decided to look into the matter as many politicians, including Tathagata Satpathy and Rajeev Chandrasekhar came forward against Airtel Zero’s attempt to breach net neutrality. Politicians responded to Airtel Zero as a hindrance to Modi’s popular Digital India plan.

Meanwhile, a dominant player Flipkart has raised hands in support of Airtel Zero, which has led the consumers to downvote Flipkart on Android and iOS app stores.

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April 14, 2015 10:40 am 10:40 AM

Its a request to all airtel users.. pls port out ur nmbr frm airtel to save internet.

April 14, 2015 9:26 am 9:26 AM

Airtel no1 looter i kept 2rs balance they charged simply if try to reach costumer nt pickng the call …. AIRTEL=LIER TEL

April 13, 2015 4:31 pm 4:31 PM

u killed it too to Airtel !!! Well done don’t wait even if they gives u offer like 30 paise for 6 months

Sekar Hayam
April 13, 2015 11:25 pm 11:25 PM

You don’t worry Mr.Shashi because airtel fellow called me 3-4 times in my 1st no. But i told him that porting is my final decision. They asked me the reason, i told told because AIRTEL FRAUD and Looter Looting Indians Net Neutrality. He started explaining me about internet rules. I cut the call. But on they r trying still. But i am not attending. Let them suffer

April 14, 2015 12:51 pm 12:51 PM

Guru sahi he!! badiya badiya bahut badiya. hahaha , seems Airtel worrying now after Zero concept