The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has recommended amending the license provision for inter-connection at the IP level, which would facilitate Internet-based calls, alternatively known as VoIP calls.

A telecom company is required to pay inter-connection charges when its subscriber makes a call to one on another network. The charge gets added up in the final price, which the subscriber has to pay.

Currently, there are inter-connection charges for VoIP calls as the license did not have a clause for inter-connection at IP level.

"How can we determine charges till the time license is not amended? When this license condition is accepted... we will determine the inter-connection charges for the IP-based network," a senior TRAI official told media. He added that TRAI has only recommended to amend, and not regulate, the license provision.

Proposing to amend the license, TRAI has said there is no explicit clause relating to inter-connection at the IP level in the existing license, which necessitates insertion of such a clause. Once the Department of Telecom (DoT) amends the license, it will benefit telecom operators as they can terminate Internet calls on each other's network.