COAI appeals to DoT against BSNL voice calling app

Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI), an industry association GSM service providers in India, has slammed BSNL for offering app based calling services.

Recently, BSNL started its app based calling services under which its users traveling abroad can connect their landlines through mobiles phones and make calls through the mobile app without attracting ISD charges.

“This app violates licensing conditions, poses grave security risks, causes loss to the exchequer, violates Numbering plan & routing principles and breaches existing interconnect agreement,” COAI said in a letter to DoT (Department of Telecommunication).

Last month, BSNL unveiled the application. While announcing the app, BSNL chairman and managing director Anupam Shrivastava had then said, “After installing the app, customers will be able to use their mobile phone to make calls using fixed line connection from anywhere in the world from 2 April onward.”

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