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DoT – 1800 series not permitted for international calls

By Parvina Purkayastha - Thu Aug 30, 12:05 pm

DoT's reply came after TDSAT had directed to file an reply affidavit in the ongoing dispute between Airtel and Reliance Communications.

In a reply to the telecom tribunal Telecom Dispute Settlement Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT), the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has informed that 1800 series numbers cannot be used for making international calls. In its affidavit filed before TDSAT, the DoT said, a service used for toll free numbers, the 1800 series Intelligent Network (IN) number are not permitted for international call.

The reply from DoT was followed by an ongoing dispute between Airtel and Reliance Communications. In regards to the conflict, TDSAT had directed DoT to file an reply affidavit. RCom had approached TDSAT accusing Bharti Airtel of blocking international calls originated on its network instead of forwarding them to Intelligent Network.

In its affidavit DoT said, “It is submitted that number series 1800 based IN services are for national dialling and as per National Number Planning (NNP) 2003 the same cannot be used for making international calls. This is also supported by TRAI in its recommendation of January, 2008.”

Under National Numbering Plan (NNP 2003), only two types of numbers are permitted for international dialling and such dialling would require a pre-fix of ’00′ or ’000′.

DoT said, “All other types of dialling for international calls is in violation of NNP 2003.”

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