"OTT players will have to roll out separate packages for VoIP (voice over internet protocol) services which shall eventually be charged to the subscribers," India Ratings and Research said in a note on Friday.
The revelations made by former Director General of Pakistan's Federal Investigating Agency Tariq Khosa claimed that 26/11 convict Ajmal Kasab was a Pakistan national and Lashkar-e-Toiba trained all the 10 terrorists in camps in Thatta, Sindh.
Salman Khurshid said that party Vice President Rahul Gandhi had flagged the issue of net neutrality in Parliament. Noting that distinctions have been made between domestic and international calling applications, he said the attempt to bring in regulation was "not healthy and not acceptable".
The panel wants domestic calls from services like Viber, WhatsApp to be regulated but it wants no such thing for international calls and messages
Medianama's Nikhil Pahwa feels telecom operators are wrong in assuming that voice calls over applications like whatsapp and viber are cannibalizing their revenues
In a major development, the Department of Telecom on Thursday upheld net neutrality in the country. The DoT panel recommended that "the core principles of net neutrality must be adhered to".
"Communication continues to be the dominant activity on smartphones. Communication apps are 'always on' and are a key driver of mobile broadband usage," the report by Swedish telecom equipment maker Ericsson said.
This comes after all the stakeholders submitted their comments on Trai's consultation paper on Net Neutrality. April 24 was the last day to summit the comments.
The common refrain among advocates of net neutrality is that violation of its principles is inherently anti-consumer and bad for competition. That may not be the case.
"We (telecom operators, social media and over-the-top players) are good for each other but they, regulators and politicians must understand that networks' investment must be on reasonable terms. Gone are the days when telecom companies were making large amounts of money," Mittal said.
Airtel's decision to charge data used in VoIP calls separately makes clear the competitive pressures the telecom industry faces â€“ not just from rivals but also from the fast-changing nature of technology itself.
The companies are likely to take a call on the VoIP services by January and if they decide to hike prices, it is unlikely to be as steep as the hike seen in Bharti Airtel‘s case.
Calling it 'unexpected, bold and risky move' Kotak has a neutral rating on the stock. It also feels that such a move opens up the possibility of an existing or a new competitor to use this as a fairly strong competitive differentiation plank.
According to the company website, internet or data plans that give customers discounted rates will only be valid for internet browsing and will exclude Voice over IP services (VoIP).
Facebook has released a new update for its Android Messenger app. The update, which pushes the apps version up to 2.4.3, aims at making Stickers faster
The US became one of the first countries to receive free calling over VoIP using Facebook Messenger earlier this year. Unfortunately, the feature was limited
Some Internet-based communication tools such as Skype and Whatsapp flout Saudi Arabia's telecom laws, the regulator said on Sunday, instructing telecom operators to quickly ensure these services comply.
Facebook seems pretty keen on giving Skype, Viber and other VoIP services a run for their money by pushing the free calling service on its Messenger app...
For the first time ever, Microsoft has released a report that provides data on the number of requests the software giant received from law enforcement agencies
Facebook has brought the hammer down on a fledgling group messaging app MessageMe by blocking access to its social graph. The feature to find friends using
A new Android app called Spore lets users make free voice over IP (VoIP) calls, much like Skype or Viber, but all your communications are completely encrypted.
You might want to say your long goodbyes to video calling over Skype and Google as the Central Government of India is re-examining the legality of Voice over
Remember how Facebook was trying out the free calls and voice messaging service via its Messenger app in some countries? The test seems to have gone well
Facebook is currently testing VoIP and voice messaging features for its Messenger app in select parts of the world. The social networking giant recently...
Governments might now be able to monitor Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) conversations by silently recording them in real time on services such as Skype.