Hindustan Times (Lucknow)

Telcos raise red flag over Nanu’s free calls to cellphones, landlines

- Press Trust of India

Nanu, a new mobile app, which offers free calling services, including on mobile numbers and landline connection­s, has drawn the ire of private telecom operators, who have raised objection before the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) and the government.

“If you read the Indian Telegraph Act, you can interpret that every form of data transmissi­on over the internet, which is a form of communicat­ion, is legal because it is not regulated by telecom licences. If you read in that context, it’s a grey area,” said Martin Nygate, CEO, Nanu.

The Nanu support gives free limited credits every day for making free call anywhere in the world on its applicatio­n, and even to those who have not installed its applicatio­n. The call can be made to cellphones and landlines.

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India has started the pre-consultati­on process on net neutrality, in which it has sought views on calling from mobile applicatio­ns as well.

In a letter to telecom secretary JS Deepak, the The Cellular Operators’ Associatio­n of India (COAI) has said that connecting internet calls with networks using numbers assigned for mobile or landline phones violates current interconne­ction rules, and also causes loss to the operator and the exchequer.

“We are waiting for Trai to come out with the guidelines,” said. Nygate.

Nanu pays around $200,000 every month as interconne­ction charges to mobile service providers for connecting calls, he added.

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