Hit Hardest by VoIP Services, Say Telcos

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Airtel had last Wednesday announced higher rates for voice-over internet protocol (VoIP) services – basically upping the ante against internet telephony players like Skype, Viber, Line, Facebook Messenger and Google Hangouts – that will be footed by users, as reported first by TOI in its edition of December 25 .

“In view of news reports that a consultation paper will be issued shortly by (telecom regulator) Trai on issues relating to services offered by over-the-top (OTT) players including VOIP, we have decided not to implement our proposed launch of VoIP packs,” it said. The company hoped for a “balanced outcome” that takes into consideration the investments made by telecom operators “to fulfill the objective of digital India.”

Telecom operators say that they have been “hit hard” by VoIP service providers who have emerged as the mainstay when it comes to international calling. Original post at ET Telecom

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