TRAI Planning to Levy Fee on WhatsApp, Viber, Skype and Other OTT Players

TRAI Planning to Levy Fee on WhatsApp, Viber, Skype and Other OTT Players
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The most popular IM apps, WhatsApp, Viber, Skype and many others, are facing a threat in India from Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) i.e., TRAI Planning To Levy Fee On WhatsApp, Viber And Other OTT Players. The council is working on a discussion paper regarding OTT (over-the-top) service providers.

This discussion is aiming to implement charges for over-the-top apps, according to a report from Business Today. It means these OTT players have to pay connectivity charges to telecom companies and they will be asked to share their revenues with the government too. On Tuesday a seminar was held by TRAI to discuss Regulatory Framework for OTT Services. These regulations include OTT developments, OTT’s impact on TSPs and also their legal as well as regulatory framework were also part of the discussion panel.

Regarding the same matter, TRAI also held a seminar on Tuesday to discuss about Regulatory Framework for OTT Services. Issues including new developments in OTT, impact of OTT on TSPs and their countermeasures, legal and regulatory framework for OTT were also discussed.

According to PTI, the meeting was held between telecom operators and the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI). On behalf of all operators, T V Ramachandran said there are several regulations which bind operators and they don’t exist for OTT players. TRAI secretary Sudhir Gupta made it very clear that the meeting was not arranged to protect telecom operators’ revenues but to comprehend more clearly if any regulation is required for OTT services. As WhatsApp, Viber and Skype facilitates free SMS and Voice Calls, they are eating into the operator’s and government’s revenue hugely. The latest report reveals huge loss for telecom operators.

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