Telecom Regulatory Authority of India to issue a consultation paper on OTT players by early 2015

The telecom regulator, Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) is set to issue a consultation paper on regulating the over-the-top players (OTT) by third week of January, 2015. The telecom regulator is of the view that currently there is no law or framework governing the concept of net neutrality in India and thus there is a need to address this issue.

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At present, the pricing on the internet is based on validity and the volume of data. The regulator is examining if the current data packs based on these parameters limits the users access to mobile internet. The exercise would also set the scope of regulation of OTT operations in the country.

A few days ago, India’s leading telecom service provider, Airtel has decided to not go ahead its newly proposed tariffs voice over Internet protocol calls. This tariff structure breaches the concept of net neutrality. Airtel had earlier decided to charge VoIP calls on pay as you go basis, at standard data rates of 4 paise per 10 KB on 3G network and 10 paise per 10 KB on 2G network. Besides, it had also announced special VoIP packs.

The move to charge a higher rate for VoIP calls had received a lot of flak in the social media.

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Raghuram
January 1, 2015 2:43 am 2:43 AM

definitely Telecom minister has to look into this. Internet neutrality should be maintained and no dilution should be there in this case. issuing a Consultation paper by TRAI and favouring AVOID in this case is not acceptable.definitely all youngsters will oppose the move to charge and AVOID will happily say for charging OTT players. totally unacceptable TRAI.

hanger988
December 31, 2014 7:31 pm 7:31 PM

this move by TRAI will close open source of internet, will lead to people with money only can afford knowledge , privacy, freedom… none of these companies is contributed to growth of internet, but they see the open source of internet as money making machine………… airtel has already said that they want to define internet not according MB

hanger988
December 31, 2014 7:26 pm 7:26 PM

spot the ten differences between TRAI $ COAI…….very hard xz of TRAI chairman views, free market is essential for operators to survive but differentiating data packs, blocking file host internet will harm the open source of internet, the move by a man with can only get knowledge freedom priv acy

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