Regulators

Your WhatsApp could cost you, soon

http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/smartcrop_800x800/public/images/regulators-images/2014/08/08/whatsapp.jpg?itok=ChbZ-gS1

MUMBAI: Telecom operators are worried with the increasing number of over the top (OTT) services that are using their bandwidth to provide share audio, video and text. Therefore, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) decided to pacify everyone with a seminar to discuss the issue.

The telecom industry claims that it is suffering huge losses due to platforms such as Skype, Whatsapp and Viber that provide similar services at no cost but the internet service charge. PTI reports Cellular Operators Association of India director general TV Ramachandran stating during the seminar, “We want some kind of regulatory help to get a level-playing field. There are so many regulations binding on us but the same don’t exist for OTT players. We can do a lot more if level-playing field is given to us.”

According to data by PricewaterhouseCoopers managing consultant Neeraj Kataria, Skype usage is costing the telecom industry around $36 billion a year globally.

On the other hand, when WhatsApp picked up speed in the country, several other such services such as Hike, Line, WeChat, Snapchat etc also emerged to eat a share of the pie.

Ramachandran also shared his concern that OTT services can switch calls over the web outside India but telecom ops have to pay interconnect charges.

Association of Unified Telecom Service Providers of India (AUSPI) president CS Rao said that OTT service providers have no rule regarding quality of service and consumer commitment. “If 20 per cent of our customers start using OTT service then burden on network will increase $55 per subscriber,’ he added.

A report in Business Today states that telcos currently are losing around Rs 5000 crore per year due to these OTT services that will cross Rs 16,400 crore in next two years.

On the other hand, Internet and Mobile Association of India president Subho Roy stated that TRAI should keep out of it since it is a business to business issue. But the TRAI secretary Sudhir Gupta is reported to have said that the purpose of the seminar is not to see if OTT services are cutting into telecom operators’ revenue but whether there is a need for regulating such service or not.

Amid all this, Facebook India has also joined the Cellular Operators Association of India to ‘focus on mobile technology, access and its continued desire to work in collaboration with the industry to increase connectivity.’

Latest Reads

http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2016/12/08/IMG_6719.jpg?itok=ZcxzsSCz
TRAI unlikely to take final call on draft orders soon

NEW DELHI: The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) is unlikely to come out soon with its final recommendations on broadcast sector tariffs, interconnect and quality of service issues.

Regulators TRAI
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2016/12/08/trai1-800x800.jpg?itok=1OKXa8xT
Wi-fi proliferation: Discussion on 20 Dec

NEW DELHI: In view of the importance attached to public Wi-Fi systems, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India will be holding an open house discussion on 20 December 2016 in the capital on its consultation paper on “Proliferation of Broadband through Public Wi-Fi Networks” issued on 13 July...

Regulators TRAI
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2016/12/08/Narendra-modi-800x800.jpg?itok=0vo9UpDN
'Mann Ki Baat' earned Rs 4.78 cr; live streaming & app duds

MUMBAI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi's radio address Mann ki Baat has reportedly got mega bucks for the All India Radio (AIR). Apart from getting millions of listeners, the programme, according to the information and broadcasting ministry, has fetched a gross revenue of over Rs 4.78 crore through...

Regulators I&B Ministry
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2016/12/08/Trai800.jpg?itok=AIWkXruK
TRAI draft tariff order skewed in favour of DPOs, will harm industry: IBF

NEW DELHI: The Indian Broadcasting Foundation (IBF), an apex body of broadcasting companies, has criticised sector regulator TRAI for over-regulating and proposing draft guidelines on tariff and interconnection that are skewed in favour of distribution platform operators (DPOs).

Regulators TRAI
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2016/12/07/TRAI--chief.jpg?itok=FhIdIsgD
Regulation must facilitate tech, not kill it: TRAI chief

NEW DELHI: The chief regulator of India's telecom and broadcast carriage sectors has said regulation should not kill a technology, fledgling or otherwise, and that consumer interest and a level playing field for all players should be the basis for tech-related regulations.

Regulators TRAI
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2016/12/07/Supreme%20Court.jpg?itok=ifvuje98
Crime videos notice: SC asks Silicon Valley giants to reply by 9 January

MUMBAI: The Supreme Court of India has sent notices to Facebook, Google and others over sharing of cyber crime videos. The two, and Yahoo and Microsoft have been asked to reply to the notice by NGO Prajwala by 9 January.

Regulators Supreme Court
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2016/12/07/FM1-800x800.jpg?itok=z8W5OuPK
FM Phase III auction postponed

NEW DELHI: The e-auctions in the second batch of FM Phase III, which completed its 24th day yesterday, will now resume on 9 December 2016. The auction was not held on Tuesday, owing to the demise of Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalitha as some bidders rushed back to Tamil Nadu. The bidding has...

Regulators I&B Ministry
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2016/12/06/trai-itv.jpg?itok=g0hpHXIV
M2M communications feedback time extended till 12 January

NEW DELHI: As M2M communication is an upcoming vertical covering variety of issues, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India has for the second time extended the date for responses to its paper to 12 January 2017 and for counter-comments up to the 19 January 2017.

Regulators TRAI
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2016/12/06/sc-court-800x800.jpg?itok=0eanQZXB
Films Division shorts in cinema halls: Centre mulling revival

NEW DELHI: All cinema halls may soon have to screen the news features produced by the Films Division, sources in the Information and Broadcasting Ministry said. As a first step, the Government had earlier this year waived the 1% rental charged by Films Division in lieu of supplying public services...

Regulators I&B Ministry

Latest News

Load More

Sign up for our Newsletter

subscribe for latest stories