iWorld

TRAI rejects telcos’ proposal to charge popular apps

MUMBAI: In a victory for the users of WhatsApp, Viber, Skype and other apps, Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has decided against a proposal of carriers to impose extra fees on these popular services.

 

The cellular service providers placed a proposal last month for these apps to share a part of their revenue with them or the government which allow users to route calls and messages via the internet.

 

As reported by the Economic Times, TRAI has now rejected the idea and also cancelled plans to hold a consultation on the matter. According to the report, TRAI feels that revenue losses can be offset by growth in the usage of data services and that there is no need to intervene at this time. 

 

The proposal was given on the basis that the mobile service providers were suffering a loss of revenue due to declining use of cellular voice and SMS services.

 

With the rise over the-top players (OTTPs), many subscribers use these apps rather than their telecom operator's normal voice call and SMS services, affecting the carrier's revenue. Hence telcos, having invested billions of dollars in creating their network, want OTTPs to be regulated so that both parties operate on a level playing field.

 

Operators want the OTTPs—which use their telecom networks— to pay the same fees that they pay to the government, which if implemented will force the app makers to charge for their services, currently available for free.

 

The proposal by the telecom companies sparked widespread criticism from the consumers, raising objection to the very idea of imposing fees on specific apps, pointing out that the carriers already charge for internet connectivity.

 

According to OTT players, seeking payment and the move to regulate them is against the concept of free internet or ‘net neutrality’.

 

TRAI recently held a seminar titled ‘Regulatory Framework for OTT Services’ bringing several OTT players face-to-face with operators as a precursor to regulating the app space in India. This would have been the first step in a consultation process, which has now reportedly been called off.

Latest Reads

http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2016/09/29/Untitled-1_0.jpg?itok=YxPJlqhq
Amazon Prime to premier T-Series new films

Amazon’s intent is very clear: amass content, which gives it an unassailable advantage for its OTT service Amazon Prime Video India. With a war chest of $5 billion, it can well afford to. Cricket and movies is what it is focusing on.

iWorld Over The Top Services
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2016/09/28/Untitled-1_2.jpg?itok=xnc9UF0B
International roaming incoming calls on Airtel to be free

Bharti Airtel, one of India’s largest telecommunications services provider, today announced the launch of its new international roaming (IR) packs that redefine the value proposition for customers traveling abroad, a communique to the BSE stated.

iWorld Telecom
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2016/09/27/Untitled-1_23.jpg?itok=jM3ILIt7
Online security top concern in Asia Pacific: Internet Society survey

Online security is an area that warrants most urgent attention from policymakers, according to a recent Internet Society (IS) survey on Policy Issues in Asia Pacific.

iWorld eNews
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2016/09/27/Untitled-1_0.jpg?itok=p9ZWKD1o
Buyers queuing up to buy Twitter; Disney, Microsoft included

Is Twitter up for sale? If the mounting media reports are to be believed, it most likely is. A queue of potential buyers is reportedly is lining up at its corporate doors. Among them: salesforce.com, Alphabet (google’s parent), Microsoft and Disney.

iWorld Social Media
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2016/09/26/Untitled-2.jpg?itok=qPwHiN4r
Amazon Prime, Dharma enter licensing deal

Amazon and Dharma Productions today announced a long-term agreement that will make Prime Video India the subscription streaming home for well-known films and upcoming new releases from Dharma Productions.

iWorld Video On Demand
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2016/09/26/Untitled-1_2.jpg?itok=frA5Ntt_
Irdeto promotes Jonsson as senior vice president of global sales

Irdeto today announced that Bengt Jonsson has been promoted to senior vice president of global sales. Irdeto is a world leader in digital platform security.

iWorld eNews
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2016/09/26/Untitled-1_0.jpg?itok=feiBV4TX
Aircel-Maxis case: 2G court seeks to speed trial against Marans

Is the hand of the law closing in on Sun TV promoter Kalanithi Maran and his brother, the former telecom minister, Dayanidhi Maran?

iWorld Telecom
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2016/09/24/JIO1.jpg?itok=bTCBZMbo
Jio battles incumbents as Airtel launches Rs 1495 free data plan

MUMBAI: The fisticuffs continue in the 4G telecom marketplace. Even as Reliance Jio has been waging a war of press releases, highlighting how many of its subscribers’ calls are being refused by Idea, Airtel and Vodafone, the Sunil Mittal-led telco today too issued a press release through which it...

iWorld Telecom
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2016/09/23/Untitled-1_29.jpg?itok=SoaQeInG
'Don't WhatsApp users' data to FB'

WhatsApp’s revised privacy policy has been rejected by the Delhi High Court on Friday. With a few safeguards, the online messaging platform’s modified policy was originally scheduled to come into effect on 25 September and proposed to share information of users with the parent company Facebook and...

iWorld Over The Top Services

Latest News

Load More

Sign up for our Newsletter

subscribe for latest stories