The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) said on Monday that over-the-top (OTT) communication services do not currently need a regulatory framework, avoiding the threat of potential restrictions on platforms such as Facebook, WhatsApp and Google.
Telecom firms in the country have long advocated the regulation of apps offering free voice and text services over the Internet, arguing that such services destroy their revenue.
“It is not an opportune moment to recommend a comprehensive regulatory framework for various aspects of services referred to as OTT services, beyond the current laws and regulations currently stipulated.” Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) said in a statement.
TRAI also stated that no regulatory intervention was required on issues related to privacy and security of OTT services.
Net neutrality Activists welcomed TRAI’s decision, but the telecom industry lobby group, Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI) Said, TRAI did not address issues such as regulatory imbalance and non-level playing field Telecom service providers (TSP) and OTT Communication player.
“Without resolving these issues, TSP will continue as a poorly positioned OTT communications service provider,” COAI Director General SP Kochhar said in a statement.
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