Facebook Joins COAI Amid Demand for OTT Regulation

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Facebook India has become an associate member of the Cellular Operators Association of India, which primarily represents GSM telcos such as Bharti Airtel, Vodafone India and Idea Cellular.

“Joining COAI as an associate member reflects our focus on mobile technologies, access and our continued desire to work in collaboration with the industry to increase connectivity,” Ankhi Das, public policy director – India & South Asia, Facebook, said in a joint statement issued Wednesday. COAI also represents telecom equipment manufacturers and other communication services and product companies in the country.

The announcement comes at a time when Indian telcos are lobbying with the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) to regulate over-the-top (OTT) service providers, popularly called apps, such as Facebook, Whatsapp and Viber.

The telcos’ main grouse is that OTT players use their network and make money from subscribers, but don’t pay the mobile operators anything. Original post at Telecom The Economic Times

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