Airtel decides to withdraw VoIP packs, until TRAI regulates OTT players

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In unpredicted turn by Airtel, Airtel has chosen to move back the differential charging of VoIP data packs. In an announcement released by Airtel, they said they have chosen not to introduce planned VoIP packs.

“In view of the news reports that a consultation paper will be issued shortly by TRAI on issues relating to services offered by OTT players including VOIP, we have decided not to implement our proposed launch of VoIP packs.

We have no doubt that as a result of the consultation process a balanced outcome would emerge that would not only protect the interests of all stakeholders and viability of this important sector but would also encourage much needed investments in spectrum and roll out of data networks to fulfill the objective of digital India”.

The dispatch of such packs has taken parcel of negative exposure to Airtel from all corners. Subscribers have enrolled high objections and have threatened to port out while the controllers chose not to see to it.

Rollback resembles a frantic move via Airtel since it has confronted the brunt of the subscribers for releasing such packs. Airtel and whatever other players may now look for assistance from TRAI in bringing the OTTs onto the table and reaching income offering accords.

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