Low cost Internet phone revolution beckons for India
The internet continues to revolutionize communications around the world; this is the Network Age.
Under the plan proposed this week by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India, people could call from their personal computers with Internet connections to a landline or a mobile phone and vice versa.
The move could ring in another big drop in calling prices in the world's fastest-growing phone market, where consumers already enjoy some of the lowest telephone costs, the regulator said.
The proposal is aimed at putting India's telecom sector "in tune with global trends" in which such "Internet-based services are very popular" and boosting paltry broadband penetration, the regulator added.
The government is keen to boost broadband use, especially in poverty-hit rural areas, where the Internet is seen as key to development.