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December 20, 2006


I think the original news item is not properly reported. TRAI, the regulatory arm in India has a long standing position on VoIP: PC to PC and Indian PSTN to PC are unregulated, whereas PC to Indian PSTN can be done only by authorized license holders. I think the news item is talking about this policy. Accordingly, if a BPO/KPO terminates the call within their own LAN and distribute it to their PBX then there should not be a problem.

But the issue is that as the picture in one of your referenced article points out, a VoIP call is terminated at an STD station and then routed to a local PSTN number. Routinely such operators are prosecuted and just as predictably an Indian news outlet circulates a story stating that VoIP is illegal in India. After all they earn many reverse links from many bloggers - with due respect to Om Malik, Tom Evslin and you.

Of course, I could be totally wrong, but I tried to validate that story, but failed. I will withdraw my comment if I am proven wrong.

Nice show as always. Thanks for the mention of the Hacking Exposed book.

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