Trai Raises Questions about Fairness in the OTT Sector

Published By : 16 Feb 2015 | Published By : QYRESEARCH

Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) is planning on releasing a paper on OTT players or over-the-top companies such as Line, Viber, and Skype. The paper intends to raise questions such as bringing these companies under net-neutrality, revenue sharing, and licensing regime. . OTT players essential allow users to make calls, send video and voice messages through Internet for free. All the users have to do is pay for the data charges on monthly basis. Trai has been working on this paper for quite some time, however, the delay in its release is attributable to several issues that kept cropping up.

Sources close to Trai stated the paper raises question such as the necessity of a new license to be issued in case the current licensing framework of unified license does not cover the OTT services. The paper intends on knowing the security conditions about maintaining data records and logs with regards to voice services applicable to the ones using them in India and the ones outside of India. 

For a clearer stand on net neutrality, Trai will open a discussion with stakeholders about the fairness of competition the market. The paper looks forward to understand whether current competition is good enough to handle non-discriminate use of Internet or whether an authority needs to step in to intervene in this issue. The regulator also wants to solve the nagging issue of revenue sharing agreement between telecom operators and OTT companies to keep the field even. Additionally, it also wants to look at measures Trai needs to adopt to boost OTT application specific to India. 
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