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TRAI to Publish Consulting Paper on Regulation of OTT Services

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Telecom regulatory Authority of India is contemplating issuing a fresh consultation paper for regulation of over-the-top services like WhatsApp and Skype in accordance with recently announced net neutrality principles. “The issues have changed over the past year when the consultation paper was first announced. We have to look at the OTT industry together with net neutrality as many aspects are interlinked,” a Trai official told Business Standard. No decision has yet been taken on whether there should be a fresh paper on the issue. “It is in the very initial stages,” the official said

“Technology can’t be stopped. We can’t kill innovation but we need to address the regulatory arbitrage between telecom operators and OTT players. One is under a licensing regime, while the other is not. No doubt OTT is driving the data revenue of telecom players, but one has to look at the security aspect as well,” another Trai official added. Read more

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