How to set up a conference call to India

India and the UK have strong cultural and trade links – but trade has deteriorated over recent years and the two countries are no longer strong trade partners, and many big businesses have been put off trading with the country following billion pound tax rows and unpaid fees.

Even so, India is one of the world’s fastest growing economies and the UK has a lot to offer India as far as universities, infrastructure and engineering goes, so if you’re not already trading with India, it could be time to start thinking about it.

Sat over 4,000 miles to the east though and keeping in touch could be a problem – but not if you do so via teleconference, or conference call, and is one of the few operators offering low-cost dial-in numbers to India.

And a conference call can be set up in a few simple steps, here’s how…

How to set up a conference call between the UK and India

Visit and pick up your free PIN before clicking on the ‘Invite Participants’ tab, which will generate an email template. You then need to enter the time, date and subject of the conference call and then select the relevant dial-in codes for UK and India.

You then simply need to copy the invitation, paste it into an email and send it to up to 100 participants.

Dial-in numbers to call

At the allotted time participants dial the following numbers and enter your PIN:

– UK participants dial 0843 0 250 250
– India participants dial 022-61502363

Your conference call can now begin.

Where is India?

Housing the world’s second largest population (behind China), India is vast South Asian country with an Indian Ocean coastline to the south, the Arabian Sea to the southwest, and the Bay of Bengal on the southeast. It borders Pakistan to the west, with China, Nepal, and Bhutan to the northeast, and Bangladesh and Myanmar to the east.

What’s the best time to call India from the UK?

clockMumbai is almost 4,500 miles to the east of the UK and the local time is four-and-a half hours (five-and-a-half in winter) ahead of GMT. If you think the half hour is strange, you’d be right as India is one of the few places in the world that deviates from the full-hour time zone – presumably this is to avoid the political complications (and probably conflict) that would have resulted had they favoured noon in eastern Calcutta over noon in western Ahmedabad.

This means it can be confusing to know when to call, but our analytics tell us that business calls between the two countries always take place:

– between 9am and 4pm GMT – that’s between 1.30pm and 9.30pm in Mumbai, India.