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09 May 2016

COAI requests DoT to ban BSNL's App based NGN Fixed Mobile Telephony (FMT) Service

Private Mobile operators lobby group - Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI) has requested DoT to take proactive steps to stop or ban BSNL's App based NGN Fixed Mobile Telephony (FMT) Service.

COAI requests DoT to ban BSNL's App based NGN Fixed Mobile Telephony (FMT) Service

Private mobile operators argued that BSNL's internet based Fixed Mobile Telephony (FMT) Service is against rules. COAI given a letter to the Telecom Secretary J S Deepak in which they said that,  the present internet calling facility using mobile numbers or landline phones is the violation of the current interconnection rules which causes loss to the terminating operator and the exchequer.

COAI Director General Shri. Rajan S Mathews said - “We, therefore, request DoT to kindly take proactive steps to prevent such illegal routing and strongly suggest that DoT must direct all respective licencees to not terminate Internet Telephony calls by misusing the interconnecting links.”
The Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI), which represents GSM technology based operators like Bharti Airtel, Idea Cellular, Vodafone. Reliance Jio Infocomm is also member of COAI but the industry body said that 'Reliance Jio has a divergent view on the matter.'

The Fixed Mobile Telephony (FMT) facility of BSNL allows users to use landline service on their mobile phones like making and receiving calls and vice-versa. It even has provision to allow BSNL customers to activate their FMT application on mobile phone or laptop using WiFi or any other data connection and then use their landline facility to make calls even if they are abroad.
BSNL CMD Shri Anupam Srivastava said - "There is a bit of misconception. Mobile convergence is happening today and we have come out with four strategies. One of them was to prepare for routing of landline calls to a mobile phone through an app. COAI has some problems. We have now kept it on hold and are going ahead with the rest of the plans. We have plans to offer landline dialing to mobile via Wi-Fi as consumers may not want to miss landline calls when they are on move. We have told (industry regulator) Trai and DoT (Department of Telecom) that this app would work on Wi-Fi and does not depend on mobile network. This is still under discussion and we'll rollout it once we get a go ahead from Trai."
After the complaint from COAI, BSNL has withheld its service and is waiting for a clarification from the Telecom regulatory Authority of India (TRAI). COAI said that as per licence condition, telecom operators are required to adhere to National Numbering Plan (NNP) for providing telephone services and it has provision for fixed as well as mobile phones. The interconnection of internet voice calling with mobile and landline phones is a new provision made in the Unified Licence and hence the number series for it is not yet defined in NNP.

Read More: BSNL launched NGN Services - 'WINGS', Now Make or receive landline calls on your mobile or laptop from any where in the world

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  1. FMT is a future technology.all the people are waiting for this .1 crore NRE people will take FMT connection in their landline name and also they will keep ther landline alive.i am wondered that why these operators are against fixed mobile is not againt any mobility solution .its a part of mobililty.they roam over the wifi or cellular data then COAI wnats to loot people.this is the reason

  2. In a digital world, FMT is a necessity. The private operators can even offer the app calling facility for fixed charges. These operators were ripping off customers so far, with advance of technology people have more choices and these companies are distressed now

  3. how to download fmt application from apps store for IOS


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