1. U-turn: Airtel rolls back higher VoIP charges

U-turn: Airtel rolls back higher VoIP charges

Airtel move follows after FE reported that Trai will shortly come out with a consultation paper to take a view whether Over the Top Players should be brought under some sort of regulation or not.

By: | Updated: December 29, 2014 11:42 AM
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Airtel move to charge a higher rate for VoIP calls had received a lot of flak in the social media. (AP)

Bharti Airtel on Monday rolled back its decision to charge a higher rate for making voice over Internet calls using its network. The move follows after FE reported on December 27 that the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India will shortly come out with a consultation paper to take a view whether Over the Top Players should be brought under some sort of regulation or not.

In view of the news reports that a consultation paper will be issued shortly by TRAI on issues relating to services offered by OTT players including VOIP, we have decided not to implement our proposed launch of VoIP packs, Airtel said in a statement.

“We have no doubt that as a result of the consultation process a balanced  outcome would emerge that would not only protect the interests of all stakeholders and viability of this important sector but would also encourage much needed  investments in spectrum and roll out of data networks to fulfil the objective of digital India,” said the company.

The move to charge a higher rate for VoIP calls had received a lot of flak in the social media.

The Trai chairman Rahul Khullar had told FE that while the move was against net neutrality it was not illegal as currently there’s no policy or regulatory framework in the country which mandates operators to adhere to net neutrality. He said that Trai is in the process of coming out with a consultation paper to debate whether net neutrality should be maintained and OTT players are also regulated as mobile operators are.

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    Aaam Admi
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        Oxygen
        Dec 29, 2014 at 2:29 pm
        WHAT DOES THE COAI think of itself? That they can cheat the Indian people? It is a fact that Indian Telecom operators have been cheating the Indian people with such practices as pretty poor call quality, non availability of proper signals in most places, frequent call drops, creeping call charge rates, activating unasked for VAS and charging consumers for unused calls and sms. To add to all this is the practice of not allowing sms pack rates to apply on most holidays including New Year, Valentins Day, other national holidays, etc. Further, it is a known fact that most of the time 3gis not on. We only get 2g speeds. Now, after paying MobileNetwork service, the COAI wants to charge us for VOIP, Whats app usage, FACEBOOK usage, VIBER Calls, Skype calls, etc?Tomorrow, we will be charged extra for using Cricked apps on mobile such as Cricbuzz, etc. Also, they may charge extra for News apps such as TOI, NDTV, etc. I say people should file a peion in Court against such blatant cheating.
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