TRAI calls for removal of restrictions on internet telephony

19 Aug 2008

The Telecoms Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has announced that restrictions on internet telephony are to be lifted, Reuters is reporting. Currently domestic internet calls are limited to PC-to-PC connectivity, and are prohibited from terminating on a PSTN or mobile line; international internet calls may connect to both PSTN and mobile lines. Under TRAI recommendations this restriction will be lifted and domestic internet calls will be allowed to connect to fixed and mobile lines in India. It is expected that the move will lead to falls in standard tariffs as a result of the increased competition. The proposal by TRAI must still be approved by India’s Department of Telecommunications (DoT).