October 7, 2022

Internet calling and messaging app will not run as per will, may have to take license from government

The government has proposed that apps providing calling and messaging services should also be licensed. For this, the draft Telecom Bill 2022 has included OTT as a part of telecommunication services.

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Many apps including WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger are known for facilitating internet calling and messaging. Telecom companies providing similar services require licenses from the Government of India. But now the government is proposing that apps that provide calling and messaging services may also need a license. For this, the draft Telecom Bill 2022 has included OTT as a part of telecommunication services. According to the draft bill released on Wednesday, the concerned companies will have to obtain licenses for telecom services and telecom networks.

Telecom Minister Ashwini Vaishnab wrote on the social media platform, “We need your views on the draft Indian Telecom Bill-2022.” He also shared the link to the draft bill. According to the draft bill, the central government can waive any fee, partially or fully, for any licensee or registered entity under the Telecom Rules. These include entry fees, license fees, registration fees or any other fees or interest, additional fees and penalties.

WhatsApp also has voice calling feature

Voice calls can also be made with WhatsApp using VoLTE technology. This calling requires internet connection, not SIM. Note that it can be used even if your SIM is not working. Regarding privacy, the company claims that it works on end-to-end encryption.

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