Iranian ISP Shatel has had its VoIP service connected with the network of incumbent fixed line operator Telecommunications Company of Iran (TCI). As reported by CommsUpdate last week, Shatel had complained to the country’s Communication Regulatory Authority (CRA) that TCI had not been interconnecting calls from its new VoIP service to customers on TCI’s PSTN. Shatel said that since its launch on 26 December its VoIP service could only be used for calls between its own subscribers.
The latest report from Tasnim News Agency says that, following intervention from Iran’s Ministry of Information & Communication Technology (MICT), TCI has agreed to connect Shatel calls. Shatel charges its users just IRR10 (USD0.00033) per minute for on-net calls, and IRR22 for calls to the TCI network, which is less than half the IRR45 per minute that TCI charges for on-net calling.