Free roaming in India likely before October: Sibal

Trai (Telecom Regulatory Authority of India) has floated a consultation paper on it (national free roaming). After Trai’s recommendation the government will try to start national free roaming for customers before October, said Kapil Sibal.

At present, telecom operators have to pay various charges such as termination charges and interconnection charges, for completing call of their customers on to other networks which get added to the final cost of the call for the customer.

Trai’s  sought views of stakeholders on aspects of national roaming services like the cost components of call rates to be considered, the manner of cost recovery in case incoming calls are to be made free, the tariff for video calls and SMSes while roaming, the need for permitting special tariff vouchers for roaming customers, etc.

Sibal also launched the National Internet Registry (NIR), which will reduce the cost of processing IP addresses. NIR is entrusted with the task of coordinating IP address allocation with other Internet resource management function at national level in the country.

Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DEITY) had earlier endorsed the operations of NIR to National Internet Exchange of India (NIXI). NIXI was recognised by the Asia Pacific Network Information Centre (APNIC) in March last year.

NIR has been named as Indian Registry for Internet Names and Numbers (IRINN). IRINN, a division under NIXI, provides allocation and registration services of Internet Protocol Addresses (IPv4 and IPv6) and autonomous systems numbers to its affiliates to the Indian Internet communities.

Source – PTI