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Airtel wants TRAI to impose interconnection charges on internet companies

Bharti Airtel has said that internet
companies like Google, Yahoo and Facebook should share revenues with telecom
operators and the The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) should impose interconnection charges for
data services just like it is applied for voice calls.

Bharti Airtel has said that internet
companies like Google, Yahoo and Facebook should share revenues with telecom
operators and the The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) should impose interconnection charges for
data services just like it is applied for voice calls.

“Today, Google, Yahoo and others are
enjoying at the cost of network operator. We are the ones investing in setting
up data pipes and they make the money. There is interconnection for voice then
why not for data,” Jagbir Singh, Director, Network Services Group, Bharti
Airtel has said, adding, “Network is capital intensive, we have to pay for
spectrum and voice revenue is coming down. At the same time, companies like
Google, which have not invested more than a few billion dollars, are enjoying
valuations that are ten times that of a traditional telecom player. It’s an
unfair game.”

For Airtel, traffic from Web sites such as
Facebook, Twitter and Google account for nearly 40 per cent of its overall data
traffic and, therefore, wants to get some part of the revenue. Data traffic on
Airtel’s 3G network is increasing by 200 per cent and by 100 per cent on 2G. Airtel
has launched fourth generation based (4G) mobile data services in Kolkata and
Bangalore and is set to launch in Pune and Chandigarh.

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20 thoughts on “Airtel wants TRAI to impose interconnection charges on internet companies”

  1. We expect Jagbir Singh,
    We expect Jagbir Singh, Director of Bharti Airtel , to be a matured . Did Yahoo , FB and other requested you to provide internet ? Why dont you block Yahoo , FB etc…. Its not because of ur Airtel , that customer use YAhoo and FB… Just for FB and Yahoo they are taking ur connection .

  2. Ha Ha Ha !!! This is
    Ha Ha Ha !!! This is ridiculous. If this logic works out, pretty soon all the electricity boards and Power Ministry will ask their share. “If google and facebook don’t share revenues we’ll cut off the power. ”
    LOL

  3. Don’t ride your luck, Mr.
    Don’t ride your luck, Mr. Jagbir Singh. Google might just decide to enter the telecom field. Android is becoming the numero uno platform in smartphones. Microsoft is already there with skype. Operating in a market rigged by a crooked telecom minister, the telecom companies stayed glued to their slide-rules ignoring the coming of the calculator that would make them redundant. skype, and other peer-to-peer services have been around for quite some time. What has prevented telecom companies from following this lead? Or developing their own pioneering technologies and services? Instead, when the phones became net-enabled, they began charging an arm and a leg for usage based on an MB. For that matter, why should they restrict themselves to the narrow definition of ‘telecom’, when everything is being digitised, and convergence becomes the norm? I am interested in talk. I am also interested in receiving mail, connecting to the net, and accessing live events. And I am interested in accessing all this on one device, if possible. Unfortunately, you do not seem to have figured this out. Or at least not well enough to win the custom of millions of Indians.

  4. Come on sir, you telecom
    Come on sir, you telecom companies were robbing our wallets for years. Now you are looking at luring another treasure chest. 236KBPS they call it 3G and charge terribly. You are playing unfair game Mr.Jug beer.

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