Govt to look into Airtel's plan to charge VoIP calls

Govt to look into Airtel's plan to charge VoIP calls

Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Thursday said the government would look into Airtel's plan to charge separately for Internet call services—Voice over Internet protocol or VoIP—offered by apps like Skype, Viber and Line.

As per Airtel's announcement on Wednesday, these services will cost around Rs 10,000 per GB on 2G network and around Rs 4,000 per GB on 3G network.

“We will look into it. The government will come back with a structured response,” said Prasad on the sidelines of the “Good Governance Day” event organised by the Department of Electronics and Information Technology.

The minister was responding to queries from mediapersons on Airtel's plan to charge for VoIP calls at a standard rate of 4p per 10 KB on 3G network and 10p per 10 KB on 2G network.

The company has said it will offer VoIP connectivity through an independent pack that will be launched shortly.

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