BSNL unveils internet telephony service ‘Wings’

After the government’s recent approval to full-fledged internet telephony by Telco’s, state-owned Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) today said it is ready with its new offering ‘Wings’, which will be rolled out from August 1. Those subscribing to the new service, entailing one-time registration fee of Rs 1,099, will be able to make calls using any internet connection including broadband, WiFi, 3G or a 4G data network of any operator, thus overcoming connectivity problems even in areas having patchy signals. “To use the service, a customer needs to install.. the soft app on any of its smart devices (like laptop/smart mobile handset/tablet) having internet… to make and receive calls from anywhere in India and abroad with any party (landline/mobile),” BSNL said in a statement.

The government has recently amended norms to allow full-fledged internet telephony by telecom operators which will enable calls from app to the app of licensed service providers as well as on phone numbers. The new amendment allows only authorized licensed holders to provide full-fledged internet telephony and not over-the-top players like WhatsApp and Google Duo, that allow only app-to-app calling.

In effect, Telco’s have been allowed to piggyback on each other’s data networks in case of voice calls over WiFi, and these calls can terminate on mobile or landline networks. BSNL is ready with its internet telephony service with brand name ‘Wings’ to the customers, the telco said, adding that the new service is in a soft launch mode and that connections will be made available from August 1, after registration.

It added that customers can buy their own instruments or take BSNL’s CLIP instruments at a one-time cost of Rs 625. “Customer can purchase an initial plan voucher of Rs 200 with unlimited calls to any network and anywhere in India with a validity of 30 days,” BSNL statement said, adding that these can later be supplemented with special tariff vouchers of various denominations. BSNL is also lining up top-up vouchers that can be used by the customer within the validity period.

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