News Heading : Internet telephony to be allowed without any restrictions for unified licensees: TRAI
Post Date : 2012-04-19
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The telecom regulator, TRAI, in a recent press release has recommended that internet telephony should be allowed without any restrictions as is permitted in the UAS license. Accordingly, internet telephony has been included in the scope of the Unified License by DoT.
8On the issue of scope of the license, most of the stakeholders were in agreement with what was proposed in the UASL guidelines. However, on the restriction on PSTN and VoIP/IP telephone connectivity and restriction on the interconnectivity between public network / PSTN and leased circuits /CUGs in case of ISPs, some stakeholders had different views.
8The operators who are in the in the business of providing enterprise solutions have expressed their reservations on restriction of the interconnectivity between public network / PSTN and leased circuits /CUGs. They were of the opinion that in the fast changing telecom scenario, which is moving towards convergence of various services / networks, there does not appear any need for this artificial barrier and this restriction appears to be in contradiction of the spirit of unification of telecom services.
8In the current scenario, Unified Access Service (UAS) providers are permitted to provide Internet telephony, whereas there are certain restrictions on ISPs for providing Internet Telephony. ISPs can provide the Internet Telephony only as defined below:
--PC to PC; within or outside India
--PC / a device / adapter conforming to standard of any international agencies like- ITU or IETF etc. or in India to PSTN/PLMN.
--Any device / adapter conforming to standards of international agencies like ITU, IETF etc. connected to ISP node with static IP address to similar device / adapter; within or outside India.
8Also,the ISP licensee is not permitted to have PSTN/PLMN connectivity. Voice communication to and from a telephone connected to PSTN/PLMN and following E.164 numbering is not prohibited in India.
8But TRAI stuck to its stance and stated that in view of the security requirements and to prevent the possibility of carriage of international traffic through leased circuits, the present restrictions proposed in the guidelines are required.