Trai to introduce consultation paper on internet-based telephony in a month: Report

By May 27th, 2016 AT 7:15 AM

India’s telecom regulator is preparing to come out with a consultation paper on internet-based telephony in a month, according to the chairman R S Sharma. Sharma told the news wire service PTI the paper will explore framework for internet telephony in present context.


His comment comes amid a debate in the telecom industry over the framework for calls being made using the internet through various mobile applications. Recently, state-run telco BSNL has launched app-based calling service that allows customers to make landline calls using mobile phone and vice-versa.

Through the app, BSNL customers travelling abroad will be able to connect their landlines through mobile and make calls without attracting heavy ISD charges. However, telecom industry body COAI has objected to service claiming that it is violates present norms.

The internet-based telephony matter also comprises the net neutrality issue. The debate around net neutrality in India started after Bharti Airtel decided to charge internet-based calls or VoIP calls separately in December 2014 but withdrew the plan after public protest.

The Trai Chairman said that the regulator will separately work on net neutrality issue and start with a pre-consultation paper.

“The pre-consultation paper on net neutrality will be issued within a couple of days,” Sharma said, adding that net neutrality is an extremely important issue and has many dimensions and the government has also asked it for comprehensive advise.

Trai last week issued a consultation paper on providing free internet service to explore way for starting “toll free” kind of service in data world.

Read more on:

Passionately following the Indian #Telecom Industry for over a decade from Business, Consumer and a Technical perspective. My primary focus area is Consumer & Digital Experience.

Leave a Reply

Photo and Image Files
5 Comment threads
0 Thread replies
Most reacted comment
Hottest comment thread
5 Comment authors
NixonLolachanAakash VermaAmardeep KumarSoumya Recent comment authors
newest oldest most voted

Please TRAI please provide internet telephony and aloow licenses to VoIP.for 10USD 1000Min to Indian mobiles and unlimted call to all landlines in India for 30 Days.rebtel phone india and ringtoindia all are doing this with one call charges are leaas than 40paisa or unlimited calls to india.if trai aloow green glag to Internet telephony alltelecom companies will get an extra income of 10 cr from NRIs each month .now these amount are going to forien companies.why we need to give money to foregn countries to make call to our home should totaly gone to our india.soplease allow VoIP… Read more »


I feel that airtel is a fraud company and opposing these technological innovations.they have started their own inter telephony service and looting money from persons outside India. They also have sip lines similar to the bsnl ngn services but only difference is calls from airtel phones only. we need internet telephony.we need bsnls FWT we need sip lines of bsnl in anywhere in the world.

Recent Posts

Tata Sky Introduces Regional Smart Packs With FTA Channels Bundled, Prices Start at Rs 206

Ever since it accepted Trai’s new tariff regime, Tata Sky has been launching new channel packs so that the subscribers...

MIUI 10 Beta on Android 9 Pie Gets System Wide Dark Mode, Here’s How it Looks

Xiaomi’s latest MIUI 10 Global ROM has been its best iteration of the MIUIs so far. The Chinese OEM has...

DishSMRT Wi-Fi Dongle for OTT Applications by Dish TV: Details, Pricing and Installation

The content offerings in the DTH sector are becoming the next big thing in the industry. The industry, in general,...