Indian government has approved VoIP services under the National Telecom Policy 2012.

In its current form, India only allows VoIP calls between computers within the country’s borders and between a computer in India and a telephone (fixed or wireless) outside India. But as per this report, VoIP approval decision will come into effect from April month on-wards.

“There is a convergence of technologies happening. The NTP also talks of separating the network providers from the service providers. In such a scenario, it makes sense for us to allow this. Earlier there were many .other issues and (it) did not make sense. Many of the operators and other stakeholders opposed it, saying that India was not ready for it. Now we feel the technology should be allowed,” said a senior DoT official.

Currently, RIL is the only company that has a pan-India license to offer mobile broadband services, though Qualcomm too received BWA license after 18-months delay (has license for Delhi, Mumbai, Haryana and Kerala circles).

While this is a welcome move, the government still needs to come up with security measures around VoIp as in the past, Intelligence Bureau (IB) had instructed communications ministry to block all VoIP calls (to and fro) until DoT figures.

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