Andhra Pradesh to Start Internet-Based Phone Service

Andhra Pradesh is perhaps the first state to have obtained a telecom license and it can issue phone numbers starting with the ‘797’ series from August this year!
It indirectly got the opportunity to start an internet based telephone service ‘without requiring any further registration’ after it obtained permission from the Telecom Ministry for starting its own IPTV — Internet Protocol based Television network — as part of its Fibre Grid project. Although it primarily aims at providing affordable net connectivity in every corner of the State, “the government can provide free telephone services within the region through the internet which means you can also Skype and have video calls,” explains S. Harikrishna, Executive Director of A.P. State FibreNet Ltd, the special purpose vehicle.
Tenders have already been called for making available 10,000 ‘triple pay IP boxes’ which can be installed at households and through which the broadband internet connectivity will be provided. Cable TV operators are being roped in for the last mile connectivity and the speed of network from 10 Mbps to 1 GB or more depending on payment capacity.
“For a basic cost of Rs.149 per month, we intend to provide interactive connections with digitized channels, internet, Wi-Fi and net telephony,” he says. Around 2,500 sub-stations will have Points of Presence from where cable operators can take the optic fiber to households.

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