Green signal for IN services from Trai

New Delhi, Nov 27 | Updated: Nov 28 2006, 09:38am hrs
Mobile subscribers will now be able to access intelligent network (IN) services such as toll free number of other service providers, with the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) issuing a regulation that allows all consumers to access the multi-operator, multi-service IN platforms.

FE first reported the move in the edition dated on November 27.

The regulations will ensure that specified innovative services made available through IN services will not be restricted to telecom service providers who have deployed the intelligent network platform, but also be available to subscribers of other operators. Currently, consumers are offered a number of innovative services through IN deployed by telecom service providers in their network. Free phone or toll free number, virtual calling card (VCC) for long distance calls, are some of the popular examples of such services.

Some service providers have already started offering IN services for their subscribers. In the existing multi-service, multi-operator environment, these services can only be accessed by subscribers of a specific service provider and are not available to other subscribers, Trai said.

The regulation mandates cellular companies to provide interconnection to all eligible operators so that subscribers of all access providers will have a choice of using the IN services of other mobile operators.