NEW DELHI: The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India is planning to bring value
added services (VAS) under the licensing regime and is preparing a consultation
paper to regulate the sector.
will bring out a consultation paper on VAS in the next few days. We will see how
to bring VAS into the active mainstream," Trai Chairman J S Sarma said on
the sidelines of the IAMAI India Digital Media Summit event.
areas under coverage could be the revenue-share arrangement between telcos and
application providers, a grey area contested by both the parties. Sarma, however,
did not mention on the areas the regulator would look into..
operators complain that they are not adequately paid by the telecom operators
for the wide range of services that they provide including ringer tunes.
President Shubho Ray welcomed the move to introduce licensing of VAS players,
saying regulation will organise the VAS sector and will bring investment into
Chairman J S Sarma also said that the regulator would be making recommendations
during this week relating to the National Broadband Plan which is now under finalisation
by the Communications and Information Technology Ministry.