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Incumbent telcos denying interconnect points: Ringo

Ringo's new call flow makes use of the internet or the phone's data connection to allow a user to make calls to anyone anywhere in the country over regular PSTN lines

Kiran Rathee  |  New Delhi 

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Low-cost calling service has said that telecom operators including Bharti Airtel, Vodafone, and are not providing it interconnect points for launch of services that will reduce the cost of voice calls by over 60 per cent.

Ringo, through its group company VMobi, had obtained a telecom service provider (TSP) licence for access services in February for Mumbai circle and has applied for the remaining 21 circles in the country. "has obtained the technology and licences for the service over six months ago, but various telecom operators including Vodafone, Airtel, and have not been providing interconnections to that are critical for to launch its services," Bhavin Turakhia, founder and chief executive, Ringo, said.



Ringo's new call flow makes use of the internet or the phone's data connection to allow a user to make calls to anyone anywhere in the country over regular Public Switched Telephone Network lines.

Turakhia said Airtel, Vodafone, Cellular, and had said they would provide inter-connection only "if we do not start internet telephony, which has been allowed by the government in 2008". "We have agreed to pay inter-connection usage charge prevailing under law, but still they are not giving us interconnect points to start our service," he said.

Mukesh Ambani-owned Reliance Jio had similar issues with Airtel, Vodafone, and on the number of interconnect points.

"Over the past six months, has been in constant touch with these operators seeking interconnections. However, these players have made repeated attempts to restrict the company's scope of service and to prevent the launch of Internet Telephony, by including restrictive clauses in the agreements that has attempted to sign with them," he said.

The CEO said Airtel and have incorporated some common clause and are asking for Rs 11 lakh bank guarantee for every E1 and there can be around 500-600 E1s at one PoI. This they will provide only after we agree to not start Internet telephony.

"No telecom operator has signed this kind of agreement and even these two operators have not signed such agreement among themselves."

has also approached Telecom Regulatory Authority of India regarding the matter and expects this issue to be resolved in 3-4 weeks.

"We have put in Rs 7.5 crore for unified licence and we will be paying another Rs 7.5 crore for pan-India permit. Also, we have provided Rs 264 crore as bank guarantee to DoT and will invest Rs 65-70 crore on infrastructure," Turakhia said.

had launched a mobile calling service in November 2015, which was later put on hold after telecom operators complained against it. The app offered voice calls at nearly 90 per cent cheaper rates than telecom operators.

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Incumbent telcos denying interconnect points: Ringo

Ringo's new call flow makes use of the internet or the phone's data connection to allow a user to make calls to anyone anywhere in the country over regular PSTN lines

Ringo's new call flow makes use of the internet or the phone's data connection to allow a user to make calls to anyone anywhere in the country over regular PSTN lines Low-cost calling service has said that telecom operators including Bharti Airtel, Vodafone, and are not providing it interconnect points for launch of services that will reduce the cost of voice calls by over 60 per cent.

Ringo, through its group company VMobi, had obtained a telecom service provider (TSP) licence for access services in February for Mumbai circle and has applied for the remaining 21 circles in the country. "has obtained the technology and licences for the service over six months ago, but various telecom operators including Vodafone, Airtel, and have not been providing interconnections to that are critical for to launch its services," Bhavin Turakhia, founder and chief executive, Ringo, said.

Ringo's new call flow makes use of the internet or the phone's data connection to allow a user to make calls to anyone anywhere in the country over regular Public Switched Telephone Network lines.

Turakhia said Airtel, Vodafone, Cellular, and had said they would provide inter-connection only "if we do not start internet telephony, which has been allowed by the government in 2008". "We have agreed to pay inter-connection usage charge prevailing under law, but still they are not giving us interconnect points to start our service," he said.

Mukesh Ambani-owned Reliance Jio had similar issues with Airtel, Vodafone, and on the number of interconnect points.

"Over the past six months, has been in constant touch with these operators seeking interconnections. However, these players have made repeated attempts to restrict the company's scope of service and to prevent the launch of Internet Telephony, by including restrictive clauses in the agreements that has attempted to sign with them," he said.

The CEO said Airtel and have incorporated some common clause and are asking for Rs 11 lakh bank guarantee for every E1 and there can be around 500-600 E1s at one PoI. This they will provide only after we agree to not start Internet telephony.

"No telecom operator has signed this kind of agreement and even these two operators have not signed such agreement among themselves."

has also approached Telecom Regulatory Authority of India regarding the matter and expects this issue to be resolved in 3-4 weeks.

"We have put in Rs 7.5 crore for unified licence and we will be paying another Rs 7.5 crore for pan-India permit. Also, we have provided Rs 264 crore as bank guarantee to DoT and will invest Rs 65-70 crore on infrastructure," Turakhia said.

had launched a mobile calling service in November 2015, which was later put on hold after telecom operators complained against it. The app offered voice calls at nearly 90 per cent cheaper rates than telecom operators.
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Incumbent telcos denying interconnect points: Ringo

Ringo's new call flow makes use of the internet or the phone's data connection to allow a user to make calls to anyone anywhere in the country over regular PSTN lines

Low-cost calling service has said that telecom operators including Bharti Airtel, Vodafone, and are not providing it interconnect points for launch of services that will reduce the cost of voice calls by over 60 per cent.

Ringo, through its group company VMobi, had obtained a telecom service provider (TSP) licence for access services in February for Mumbai circle and has applied for the remaining 21 circles in the country. "has obtained the technology and licences for the service over six months ago, but various telecom operators including Vodafone, Airtel, and have not been providing interconnections to that are critical for to launch its services," Bhavin Turakhia, founder and chief executive, Ringo, said.

Ringo's new call flow makes use of the internet or the phone's data connection to allow a user to make calls to anyone anywhere in the country over regular Public Switched Telephone Network lines.

Turakhia said Airtel, Vodafone, Cellular, and had said they would provide inter-connection only "if we do not start internet telephony, which has been allowed by the government in 2008". "We have agreed to pay inter-connection usage charge prevailing under law, but still they are not giving us interconnect points to start our service," he said.

Mukesh Ambani-owned Reliance Jio had similar issues with Airtel, Vodafone, and on the number of interconnect points.

"Over the past six months, has been in constant touch with these operators seeking interconnections. However, these players have made repeated attempts to restrict the company's scope of service and to prevent the launch of Internet Telephony, by including restrictive clauses in the agreements that has attempted to sign with them," he said.

The CEO said Airtel and have incorporated some common clause and are asking for Rs 11 lakh bank guarantee for every E1 and there can be around 500-600 E1s at one PoI. This they will provide only after we agree to not start Internet telephony.

"No telecom operator has signed this kind of agreement and even these two operators have not signed such agreement among themselves."

has also approached Telecom Regulatory Authority of India regarding the matter and expects this issue to be resolved in 3-4 weeks.

"We have put in Rs 7.5 crore for unified licence and we will be paying another Rs 7.5 crore for pan-India permit. Also, we have provided Rs 264 crore as bank guarantee to DoT and will invest Rs 65-70 crore on infrastructure," Turakhia said.

had launched a mobile calling service in November 2015, which was later put on hold after telecom operators complained against it. The app offered voice calls at nearly 90 per cent cheaper rates than telecom operators.

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