The Hush Post: If you are a perennial victim of bad signals, or getting the no network sign, you need not worry. You’ll soon be able to use wi-fi you have at home or at the office to make calls to mobile phones as well as landlines.
The government has approved on Tuesday a proposal which will allow internet telephony in our country.
Telecom operators and companies who have already obtain a telephony licence, will be able to issue a new mobile number. This number will not require a SIM, but can be activated by downloading an internet telephony app.
The Regulator TRAI recommended the proposal in October in order to issue connectivity options to consumers who have had call drop issues.
The Inter-Ministerial Telecom Commission has given a go ahead to the proposal. This will enable the rollout of internet telephony services by companies such as BSNL, Reliance Jio, Airtel and other such operators. Arvind Kumar, Advisor at TRAI, said the measure would benefit consumers by offering new connectivity. “This will give more options to consumers, especially in areas where quality of service is an issue. These include places such as buildings and even homes where conventional telecom signals are weak while wi-fi availability is strong.”
An official said that to have the facility of internet telephony, a consumer would have to download the app available with the operator. “Following this, one will get a 10-digit number which is like any other mobile telephone number. For example, one might use an Airtel SIM for your existing telecom needs, but may later download a Jio internet telephony app for which you will get a new and different number.”
However, in case you download the app of the same service provider that you are currently using, in that case you can have the same number, an official said.