BSNL launches India's first Internet telephony service

By NT Bureau Published on Jul 12, 2018 03:18 PM IST

Chennai: State-run telecom firm BSNL on has unveiled the country’s first internet telephony service that will allow users to dial any telephone number in India through its mobile app.

Now BSNL customers will be able to make calls using the company’s mobile app "Wings' to any phone number in the country. Before this, phone calls on mobile apps was possible within users of a particular app and not on telephone numbers.

"In present competitive environment, increase in market share by BSNL is laudable. I congratulate BSNL management for internet telephony which will enable consumers to make call without SIM," Telecom Minister Manoj Sinha said after inaugurating the service.

Using this service, BSNL customers will be able to make calls on any network in the country even by using BSNL wi-fi or any other service provider.

The Telecom Commission, the highest-decision making body of the Department of Telecom, had allowed companies who hold a valid telecom licence, to provide app-based calling service even on weak wi-fi connections.

The service provider will be required to comply with all the interception and monitoring related requirements, and calls will be charged by telecom operators and all rules related to regular voice calls will be applicable to them.

Registration for the service will start this week and the services will be activated 25 July onwards.