Sale of ISD, STD card option on cards: DoT

By : |February 3, 2009 0

NEW DELHI, INDIA: The Department of Telecom may give nod to sale of ‘calling cards’ for making domestic and international calls from any phone – a move that could bring tariffs down.

Calling card allows users to select an operator for making STD and ISD calls as recommended by telecom regulator TRAI in August last year.

The Telecom Commission, the policy wing of DoT, is understood to have referred back another proposal for unrestricted Internet telephony back to the regulator for more clarifications. Full Internet telephony would have allowed consumers to even use their laptop or PC to make long distance calls, significantly lowering call rates.

                                 

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Mobile operators were lobbying for a rejection of the TRAI proposal in this regard, anticipating adverse impact on their businesses. A senior DoT official said the matter was referred to TRAI seeking more clarity on a number of issues.

TRAI had earlier recommended unrestricted domestic telephony. ISPAI, the body for Internet Service Providers, said that the move by the government was "anti-consumer.

"At present, a call from a computer could legally be made only to another computer within the country, and not to a phone. But the existing regime allows domestic users to make international calls to a phone from their computer.

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