Wifi networks carrying calls other than the conventional means? Govndraj Ethiraj feels that the time has become ripe for such a venture.
Govind writes in for Business Standard, argubaly one of the best newspapers in India. I maynot agree with some of their prescriptions but nevertheless they have invested in “mind capital” and the quality of their write ups shows in their printed matter.
Govind says that Wifi can be used to carry calls which works out to be cheaper. Of course, I have explored these options way back earlier on; the current “competetive” scenario has resulted only in oligopolies and each new talk plan is basically a rehash of the others. Without disclosing upfront about the estimated monthly outgo, TRAI okays each plan without taking the consumer’s advantage in question. As a result we are fleeced to no extent. I really doubt whether WiFi can be used to carry out the calls-the investments are way too huge to justify parallel (and cheaper ) networks. Where would Bharti get it’s crores from?
Assuming that wifi becomes available all around, what is the gurantee that telcos won’t use all means to block the calls via Skype or any other internet phone? High usage charges would spike any consumer interest because in all probability it would be a “value added service” which by it’s own argument, can be priced higher. Unless of course, people set up their own small WiFi networks. A long shot indeed.
I think that ideas like this need to be propagated on a wider scale than a blog with hardly any influential readership. Slowly steadily, they should take up ideas to free the broadband from the restrictions of the frigging idiots who seem to have other ideas. We need a REAL revolution and not what the frigging media seems to tell us.