Microsoft has decided to stop routing Skype Internet calls from within India to local landlines and mobile phones, in a move that may signal it is giving in to local regulations.The company said in a post on its support page that as of Nov. 10, “if you are in India, calling from Skype to mobiles and landlines within India will unfortunately no longer be available.”The decision by Microsoft is welcome if a bit late, said Rajesh Chharia, president of Internet Service Providers Association of India.The use of VoIP to call landline and mobile phones in India is against the rules and Microsoft has been breaking those rules for a long time, he added.Barring VoIP calls was one way for Indian regulators to protect the investments of telecommunications operators. Some VoIP service providers, however, routed internationally calls originating on the Internet in India, and then terminated the calls on landline or mobile networks within the country.The ISPAI has maintained to both the Indian and U.S. government that just as Indian companies have to play by U.S. rules when they operate in the country, U.S. Internet companies must also play by local rules when operating in India, Chharia said.Microsoft did not respond… Read full this story
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