Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) on Monday stated over-the-top (OTT) communication companies don’t at present want a regulatory framework, casting apart the specter of potential restrictions on platforms reminiscent of Facebook, WhatsApp, and Google.
India’s telecoms companies have lengthy lobbied for regulation of apps that provide free voice and textual content companies over the web, arguing that such companies erode their revenues.
“It is not an opportune moment to recommend a comprehensive regulatory framework for various aspects of services referred to as OTT services, beyond the extant laws and regulations prescribed presently,” the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) stated in a press release.
TRAI additionally stated no regulatory intervention was wanted on points associated to privateness and safety of OTT companies.
Net neutrality activists welcomed the TRAI’s determination, however the telecoms business foyer group, the Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI), stated the TRAI had not addressed points reminiscent of regulatory imbalance and non-level enjoying discipline between telecoms service providers (TSPs) and OTT communication gamers.
“Without a resolution of these issues TSPs will continue to be at a disadvantageous position vis-à-vis OTT Communication Service Providers,” COAI director basic S P Kochhar stated in a press release.
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