Skype to restrict call options; IB asks DoT to block We Phone

7 Oct 2014

Over-the-top (OTT) voice-over-internet protocol (VoIP) provider Skype has confirmed that it will stop the calling facility from its app to fixed and mobile lines within India from 10 November, the Economic Times writes. The provider’s parent company, Microsoft, offered no explanation for the change of strategy, but clarified the new restrictions noting that: ‘users in India can still make free Skype-to-Skype calls worldwide [and] international calls to mobiles and landlines [whilst] users outside the country can call mobiles and landlines in India.’

Meanwhile, India’s Intelligence Bureau (IB) has called for the Department of Telecom (DoT) to block another OTT VoIP service, ‘We Phone’. According to an official DoT source, the IB has raised concerns over the option for We Phone users to hide their number when making calls, adding that because We Phone’s server is located outside of India, it is extremely difficult for the agency to track or identify a caller.

India, Department of Telecommunications (DoT), Skype