Trai amends norms to push virtual calling card
New Delhi: Telecom regulator TRAI on Tuesday issued amendment in intelligent network services norms, virtual calling cards issued by long-distance providers, useful.
"The present amendment will facilitate all service providers, who are already providing IN based services or would start IN-based services at a later date, to enter into agreement with all access providers, in a time bound manner, in the consumer interest," an official release said.
The present amendment would be useful for Virtual calling Card (VCC) issued by long distance providers, the release added.
"Presently Virtual calling Card (VCC) are not much in use and being mainly operator specific, cannot be accessed by all the subscribers. After agreements between the service providers in the framework of the regulations, the subscribers will be able to make STD/ISD Calls using Calling Cards issued by NLDOs/ILDOs," it said.
At present, Department of Telecommunications issues various kind of telecom licences for different services.
Telecom companies like Bharti Airtel, Vodafone, Reliance Communications, Tata Teleservices and others companies hold Unified Access Services Licences which allows them to provide all kind of telecom services.
However, there are some companies that have permits to only provide either national long distance (NLD) and international long distance (ILD) services provider.
The amendment will lead these NLD and ILD service provider to have direct access to consumers through virtual calling cards and induce an additional competition in the market that is expected to benefit consumers. The amendment is also expected encourage proliferation of Free Phone Services used for toll free numbers.
VCC service allows the subscriber to place calls from any normal phone to any destination number and have the cost of these calls charged to the account specified by the virtual card calling (VCC) number.