While the telecom department will have to call on the regulator’s recommendations, TRAI has also reserved the right to regulate and enforce non-discriminatory access within its framework.
There’s a thin line between ushering in a new, digital telecom revolution and taking decisions that favour one particular player.
The telecom regulator seeks to resolve the remaining aspects of net neutrality, namely speed and access.
The telecom regulator slaps a Rs, 3050 crore fine on Airtel, Vodafone and Idea while accusing them of stifling competition and engaging in anti-consumer behaviour.
“What RSS promotes is fantasy not history….There is nothing common between history and such mythology.”
With TRAI siding with Reliance Jio over the points of interconnect issue, incumbent telecom operators will have to prove they didn’t violate terms of their licence agreement.
One could call the potential removal of termination charges an underhanded move by TRAI. This begets the question, should the telecom regulator and not market forces incentivise the adoption of Internet telephony?
The telecom industry lobby characterises the telecom regulator’s recent interventions as a step which will harm the roll-out of Digital India.
Sources believe that two recent developments will allow TRAI and the Department of Telecommunications to revisit and finish the regulatory process on licensing of over-the-top applications.
Clocking in at a whopping 119 pages and a little over 20 questions, this is one of TRAI’s most broadly-focused and comprehensive consultations in recent times.
The consultation process for an overarching framework is being done in two phases this time, in order to be more comprehensive, but will also likely require greater focus and attention from the supporters of net neutrality.
Are you one of the million people that sent out a missed call in hopes of supporting Facebook’s Free Basics initiative and “digital equality”? If so, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has some unfortunate news for you: your support doesn’t count. It isn’t your fault, however. […]