INDIAN COMMUNICATION BILL : Indian Telecom Bill, 2022: Free calling facility through instant messaging platform WhatsApp may be discontinued soon. According to media reports, the central government is bringing a new bill, which will end the facility of free WhatsApp calls.
The government has prepared the draft Indian Telecom Bill, 2022 and made many new changes in it. According to the new bill, apps providing online free calling will need a ‘telecom license’ from TRAI.
You have to pay for online callingAfter the draft of this new bill is ready, there is a question in the mind of the common people whether in future users will have to pay for WhatsApp calling. The answer is that if this bill is passed by the Parliament, it will become a law. Consequently, TRAI will take a final call on the charges for such calls.
Let us know that a large number of people in India use the instant messaging platform WhatsApp. According to statistics, the number of active users of WhatsApp is more than 400 million. The draft bill is available on the website of the ministry.
Government sought suggestions by 20 October At present, these users pay as data cost on WhatsApp or other apps, but nothing can be said on what will happen after the license fee. Maybe after the bill comes, WhatsApp or other internet calling company will start charging extra for it. The central government has sought suggestions on the new bill by October 20. Only then the situation will be clear on this.
According to media reports, apart from WhatsApp, internet calling apps such as Skype, Zoom, Telegram and Google Duo will also have to be licensed. OTT platforms have also been included in this new telecommunication bill.