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As Per Latest Information Light FMT, a BSNL app-based VoIP service, is intended to be discontinued by Private Mobile Operators (COAI).

COAI requests TRAI to halt Light FMT, BSNL’s VoIP calling service.

The COAI (Cellular Operators Association of India) has written to TRAI requesting that it take urgent action to halt Light FMT, a VoIP calling service based on an app from BSNL. Private cellular operators have expressed their dissatisfaction with BSNL’s Fixed Mobile Telephony Service twice now.

As previously reported, BSNL CMD Shri. Anupam Shrivastava introduced the company’s Light FMT service, which is available to all current and potential broadband/combo subscribers across all circles. By installing the VoIP app on their smartphones, clients of the new service may place and receive calls while connected to a BSNL broadband modem.

The restricted fixed mobile telephony service from BSNL is an app-based calling service that effectively transforms smartphones into cordless phones that communicate with landlines to make and receive calls inside of residential buildings.

According to Shri. Rajan S. Mathews, Director General of COAI, “We request TRAI’s intervention in issuing an immediate direction to the BSNL for withdrawing this app-based calling service.” Although it is being marketed as a distinct service, BSNL’s Fixed Mobile Telephony (FMT) service is a constrained but functionally equivalent version of their FMT service.

Caller-line identification (CLI) of landlines is allegedly used by BSNL’s new limited fixed mobile service for calls made from mobile devices in order to avoid interconnect fees (IUC), according to COAI. This is because calls between landlines no longer incur termination fees. According to Rajan S. Mathews, if the service was let to continue, other operators with landline number series may follow suit and begin implementing the technique to lower IUC, which would have a considerable impact on income.

Following COAI’s protest, BSNL released a toned-down version of the Fixed Mobile Telephony app (Light FMT), in which the service is only available within the home. The primary complaint from COAI was that BSNL was using this technique to turn landlines into mobile phones. This service is now only available for homes through BSNL. Customers may move around the house even with a cordless handset, so instead of a cordless phone, a mobile app that is connected to a landline will be available, and the majority of calls will be made using it.

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Written by Shallu Srivastav

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