If you ask stakeholders in the telecommunications industry in India, it is likely that most of them will not be too sure of the Indian governments policy on Internet Telephony or Voice Over IP. There have been policies and recommendations, but no one is quite sure of what the applicable policy is. We were surprised to find out yesterday that the “Internet service providers has approached the Competition Appellate Tribunal against the fair trade regulator CCI, which had rejected their plea, and alleged that DoT discriminated against them vis-a-vis the telecom operators by not allowing the Internet telephony.” Read the Zee News report.
Still, the Telecom Regulator collects and shares statistics about the minutes of use of Internet Telephony in India from ISPs and telecom operators. According to these statistics – Internet Telephony in India peaked in the quarter ending December 31st 2010, at 160.85 million minutes. We’re not sure if this is paid usage, based on services provided by ISPs. Services such as Skype, Google Huddle, Face Time and video chat on Gmail and Facebook are used extensively, and are available for free, but the government has been considering blocking these.
Data Source: TRAI
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