September 30, 2022
TRAI says no regulatory framework needed for OTT services

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) on Monday said that over-the-top (OTT) communication services do not currently require a regulatory framework, which removes the threat of possible restrictions on platforms such as Facebook, WhatsApp and Google. .

Telecom firms in the country have long lobbied for regulation of apps that provide free voice and text services over the Internet, arguing that such services reduce their revenue.

“This is not the opportune time to recommend a comprehensive regulatory framework for various aspects of services referred to as OTT services,” the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) said in a statement.

TRAI also said that issues related to privacy and security of OTT services do not require any regulatory intervention.

Facebook, WhatsApp and Google did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Net neutrality activists welcomed TRAI’s decision, but the Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI), a telecom industry lobby group, said that TRAI had flagged issues such as regulatory imbalances and a non-level playing field between Telecom Service Providers (TSPs) and not addressed. OTT communication player.

“Without addressing these issues, TSPs will remain at a disadvantage vis–vis OTT communication service providers,” COAI Director General SP Kochhar said in a statement.

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