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(more photos here)

We had close to 50 people at our #NAMAvoip event, discussing the future of Internet telephony in India, despite a few people unable to attend owing to the big-bang launch announcement from Reliance Jio on the same day. Discussions were largely centered around dealing with regulatory challenges, and in particular, about interconnection charges for permitting VoIP services to connect with PSTN services. The broad consensus was that you can’t stop the march of technology, and policy-making is unfortunately regulating based on the past, instead of enabling the future. There was also a sense that telecom operators need to evolve and adapt to a VoIP environment, and this has also been necessitated by the Reliance Jio launch. For me, them most fascinating part of the discussion were the suggestions around dealing with the security issues posed by the government. We’ll have more on all of this later, including video.

For those of you who came: thanks for attending. We’re planning more events, and there will be another one later this month, because the format that we have, allows for a free-wheeling, open discussion, where every attendee is a speaker. The invite-only approach means that relevant stakeholders benefit from the discussion, because the level of the discussion is substantially higher (i.e. we’re not n00b-friendly).

In case you’d like us to host an event on a topic, please write to harneet@medianama.com. In case you wish to attend future #NAMA events, please share your details here, and we’ll invite you when we have a topic relevant for you.