DoT amends UAS license agreement to allow interconnection of IP-based networks

The Indian telecom department (DoT) has amended the Unified Access Service (UAS) licence agreement in order to allow interconnection of IP-based networks for providing services voice and data services using the 4G technology. Earlier, a telecom licence had provision of connecting circuit switch based networks with another circuit switch, and circuit switch with IP but not IP to IP networks.

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The amendment said that interconnection between the networks of different licences for carrying IP-based traffic as per Telecom Engineering Centre standards as amended from time to time by TEC and also subject to technical feasibility.

“Carrying circuit switched traffic shall be as per national standards,” says the amendment reports NDTV Gadgets. The Indian telecom operators have been IP-fying their networks from circuit switch to equip themselves to handle immense demand for data services. The IP-fication drive of networks also offers benefits such as low capital and operating cost as well as more efficient than old circuit-switch based networks.

According to a PTI report, COAI said that telecom operators now cannot deny interconnection to other telecom operator having IP-based network, following the provision coming in place.

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Kiran Fernandes
April 24, 2016 2:36 pm 2:36 PM

Im waiting for circuit switched networks to get extinct. Data for voice and sms is the future!
Airtel will be the biggest loser when this happens.

Atheist
April 24, 2016 6:08 pm 6:08 PM

I wish the same.. Though Airtel and Vodafone gonna deploy volte soon they said and in sure even Idea wont be left behind.. But yes both Reliance will be at the biggest advantage right now atleast.. Lets see the results of spectrum auction in July..

Raj
April 24, 2016 4:40 pm 4:40 PM

True. I wish the same. But currently less than 5% of the devices support VoLTE. So we need to wait at least a decade to complete switch to IP based network.

Jyotirmoy Manna
April 24, 2016 9:35 pm 9:35 PM

I think VoLTE devices will be flooded in the markrt very soon.

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