TRAI to examine Airtel and Uninor’s deal with Facebook and WhatsApp

WhatsApp Voice CallingAccording to some reports Telecom Regulatory Authority of India is looking at examining Airtel’s special deal with social media giants-Facebook and WhatsApp. The authority will examine Airtel’s data packages offering access to Facebook and WhatsApp to determine whether they amount to “preferential access” for such services.

The offers being examined include Airtel’s 5 bundle of 15 MB data for five days and the seven-day access package that costs a customer Rs 7 for 21 MB of data. TRAI will also look at similar offerings by Uninor.

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Uninor offers combo packs of Facebook, WhatsApp and Internet browsing at an affordable Rs 45 p.m. It also has hourly, daily, weekly and monthly packs ranging from Re 1 to Rs 15. Keeping net neutrality allows for more innovation and better content available for the knowledge exploring netizens.

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Net neutrality means no blocking, no prioritization and no throttling of any content providers on a network. There is currently no clear definition or regulation on the issue of net neutrality in the country but the exponential growth in mobile data services and the global debate on the issue corresponding to the surge in OTT services have prompted the Indian regulator to examine the matter.

The authority will monitor such exclusive packages launched by telecom operators to understand how OTT apps and telecom service providers are forging relationships in India and whether it impacts the notion of net neutrality.

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November 26, 2014 12:27 pm 12:27 PM

friends, why was using other country message apps application, try for indian apps, its lot of apps avilable in android and windows platforms, so avoid cost view apps, thank u.

November 26, 2014 12:20 am 12:20 AM
*Finally someone is taking some action or at least examining. Such data packs do violate the priniple of net neutrality. Its motivates people to prefer a service like whatsapp over others. I am not against operators providing specilaised data packs. I am against operators providing data packs for a particular service from a particular company. Companies like uninor and airtel can have specialised data packs but in such a way that it does not favor a particular company. For example a 200 mb IM data plan can be launched in such a way that users can use any IM app… Read more »