TRAI Says No Regulatory Framework Needed for OTT Services

Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) on Monday stated over-the-top (OTT) communication companies don’t presently want a regulatory framework, casting apart the specter of potential restrictions on platforms comparable to Facebook, WhatsApp, and Google.

Telecoms corporations within the nation 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 an announcement.

TRAI additionally stated no regulatory intervention was wanted on points associated to privateness and safety of OTT companies.

Facebook, WhatsApp and Google didn’t instantly reply to requests for remark.

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 comparable to regulatory imbalance and non-level enjoying subject between telecoms service suppliers (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 an announcement.

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