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ISPs file petition against DoT for not allowing web-based telephony in India

Internet Service Providers Association of India (ISPAI) has filed a petition with the anti-monopoly body Competition Commission of India (CCI) against the Department of Telecom (DoT) for not allowing web-based telephony service in the country.

Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) had earlier recommended the use of unrestricted internet telephony in the country, but the DoT is yet to give a go ahead. Recently, India’s Intelligence Bureau had asked the DoT to block VoIP services to and from the country citing security concerns.

Internet Service Providers Association of India (ISPAI) has filed a petition with the anti-monopoly body Competition Commission of India (CCI) against the Department of Telecom (DoT) for not allowing web-based telephony service in the country.

Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) had earlier recommended the use of unrestricted internet telephony in the country, but the DoT is yet to give a go ahead. Recently, India’s Intelligence Bureau had asked the DoT to block VoIP services to and from the country citing security concerns.

Internet calls made from computers in India to phones abroad is allowed. However, internet calls to phones within the country are not allowed. ISPAI president Rajesh Chharia claims that internet telephony, which is cheaper to use, would benefit rural masses among others. [Source: Indiatimes]

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