Internet company Sify Technologies is planning to offer net telephony after acquiring the new Unified Licence for telecom services, according to a recent report.
“We are evaluating Unified Licence. It seems to be a natural progression for us,” Kamal Nath, CEO, Sify Technologies Ltd told Business Line.
After successive loss making quarters, Nasdaq listed Sify Technologies which started off as a broadband internet provider in 1998 has been on a turnaround plan.
Under the Sify 3.0 plan, the company wants to offer different services including data centre solutions, cloud-based applications, system integration and telecom infrastructure.
For the quarter ended 30 June 2013, Sify clocked a profit of Rs 16.3 cr after a loss making previous quarter. The companies revenues grew 13% sequentially to Rs 262 cr for the quarter.
The new unified communications licence framework was introduced by the Department of Telecommunication(DoT) to bring scattered licenses for various services under one regime.
It was also reported that the internet rates might go up in India, if the one time licensing fee under the new regulatory framework by the telecom department comes in place.
Legality of Net Telephony
Earlier this year, following the decision to include ‘Net Telephony’ under the unified license regime, the government had said that they will re-examine the legality of Voice over Internet Protocol(VoIP) in India, over features offered by Microsoft’s Skype and Google.
Under the new guidelines, unified license owners can offer end to end Internet telephony.