Restrictions on Internet telephony removed by TRAI’s recommendations

Monday, August 18, 2008

Restrictions on Internet telephony removed by TRAI’s recommendations

TRAI
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New Delhi, 18th August, 2008 - Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) today issued recommendations on “Issues Related to Internet Telephony”.

The salient features of the recommendations are given below:

• ISPs have been permitted to provide unrestricted Internet
telephony (Termination of Internet telephony calls on PSTN/PLMN
and vice-versa).

• National Long Distance (NLD) operators shall be permitted to
connect to ISPs through public Internet (Internet cloud) for
unrestricted Internet telephony.

• ISPs and NLD shall have mutual agreement for unrestricted
Internet telephony.

• NLD shall make suitable commercial and technical arrangements
with access providers (PSTN/PLMN) for unrestricted Internet
telephony.

• No change in existing IUC regime.

• TEC shall identify distinct number resources for Internet
Telephony subscribers.

• Telephone numbers from identified blocks shall be allocated to
ISPs, UASPs, BSOs & CMSPs for Internet telephony.

• Emergency number dialing is not mandated to ISPs.

• All ISPs interested to provide unrestricted Internet telephony shall
install Lawful Interception equipment.

• Quality of service (QoS) for unrestricted telephony has not been
mandated.

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