Net Neutrality: Trai’s Proposal to Exempt Content Delivery Networks to Benefit Jio and Airtel

Reliance Jio and Bharti Airtel are most likely to benefit from the telecom regulator’s recommendation to exempt Content Delivery Networks (CDN) out of the net neutrality regulation, according to sector analysts. Trai had on Tuesday suggested to exempt CDNs within a telco’s own network from any restrictions on non-discriminatory treatment as part of its larger net neutrality recommendations.


Analysts say that both Reliance Jio and Airtel are largely integrated telcos with the presence in content platforms. Brokerage Edelweiss said that such a move would help Jio and Bharti Airtel sustain their leading positions in this space. “The proposed regulations are likely to give integrated operators an upper hand versus pure play connectivity providers. Any operator with own content platform, which is working only on its own network, will be able to charge differential pricing. This may give such an integrated operator advantage versus a pure play connectivity provider,” it added.

Content Delivery Networks enable telcos to deliver content within their network without going through the public internet.

Jio already has a massive content play in India, having content and services-based apps like JioTV, JioCinema, JioMusic, JioCloud and JioMags among others. Airtel, on the other hand, has Wynk Movies, Wynk Music and Wynk Games, and Airtel TV.

Analysts said that both these telcos could leverage CDN exemption and offer platform content at lower prices to drive traction within their subscriber base.

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) on Tuesday issued its long overdue recommendations on net neutrality in India. The regulator has asserted that there should not be any intervention of equal access to the internet to everyone, irrespective of the content. Trai has noted that the licensing terms should be amplified to provide explicit restrictions on any discrimination in internet access based on content.

“Content would include all content, applications, services, and any other data, including its end-point information, that can be accessed or transmitted over the internet,” said Trai in its release. That said, the internet should be non-discriminatory. The ‘discriminatory treatment’ in the context of treatment of content would include any form of discrimination such as restriction or interference of content, including practices such as blocking, degrading, slowing down or grating preferential speeds.

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November 30, 2017 8:40 am 8:40 AM

“Content Delivery Networks enable telcos to deliver content within their network without going through the public internet” – IS THERE A DEFINITIVE DEMARCATION BY WHICH THIS CAN BE MONITORED ?

November 30, 2017 9:33 am 9:33 AM

Jio Apps do not work on any broadband or mobile connection except on Jio connection. If you remove Jio Sim and use it on other sim, it will not work… Hence guarded

December 1, 2017 5:00 am 5:00 AM

Lol… Then how do you stream on wifi. U have jio wifi??

November 30, 2017 12:56 pm 12:56 PM

Thanks Chetan.

November 30, 2017 10:58 am 10:58 AM

I have been using Jio apps including Jio tv on airtel broad band. It is working flawlessly in RMN4.

November 30, 2017 11:11 pm 11:11 PM

The app check your sim and proceeds only if you have jio sim. I have faced this issue where in if I remove the sim the app do not work.

Srikanta BA
November 30, 2017 11:50 am 11:50 AM

Probably because you have a JIO SIM on your phone (Primary or as Secondary) ? Only then this statement is true (at least in my case) !

November 30, 2017 3:20 pm 3:20 PM

No, Earlier I was using. Right now, removed the sim

November 30, 2017 8:45 pm 8:45 PM

What’s the problem?

You can use any service as long as isp/ TSP treat every bit and byte equally.

Company should not throttle any website or content.

November 30, 2017 7:01 am 7:01 AM

Merko kucch samajh hi nahi aaya.. what does exact this post means ? I mean what is going to happen.. ?? which stuff is going to be chargeable & what content could become free… If someone can tell in simple language.

November 30, 2017 8:48 pm 8:48 PM

Let DOT to take final call. Till then nothing is happening. Enjoy.

November 30, 2017 12:33 am 12:33 AM

@the author
Please understand that in the case of cdns TRAI has made it clear in the diff pricing order of 2016 that
1.cdns can’t be used to provide something that is also available on the web
2.the order specifically states that u cannot use cdns to cicumvent the diff pricing restriction on the web.

Essentially it means u can’t do directly that which u can’t do indirectly.the loophole presented here does not exist.people highlighting this have conveniently forgotten this part of the diff pricing order

November 30, 2017 8:52 pm 8:52 PM

Whatever you are saying is absolutely correct.
TRAI have put some serious thought.
No loophole in context with CDN.