Yes, it’s true and officially confirmed.
- From the support page of Skype: https://support.skype.com/en/faq/FA34487/why-can-i-no-longer-make-calls-to-india-from-india
- A Times of India article on the same: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/tech/tech-news/Skype-to-block-local-voice-calls-from-India-starting-November-10/articleshow/44479747.cms
According to Indian law, although it’s legal to use VoIP, it’s illegal to have VoIP gateways (server) in India. Read: The TRAI PDF whitepaper. The irony is that, the Government is forcing VoIP service providers to place VoIP gateways inside India while it’s illegal to do so! Read: News article from Times of India – “Government wants Skype to set up servers in India”.
Get my point here? The Government is forcing VoIP service providers to place gateways inside in India, while not amending the earlier policy which made it illegal. So in anyways, VoIPs can’t offer local calls ‘legally’. The contradictory polices of both TRAI and Government of India made VoIP service providers difficult to operate in India. So naturally, Skype had to stop the services.
What do you think of this move? Comment your opinion.
Further reading: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Voice_over_IP
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