Telecoms regulator TRAI will release its recommendations on the regulatory framework for over-the-top (OTT) services in a couple of months, its chairman RS Sharma said on Tuesday.
“We already have a document on OTT (on top).” Soon, we will present appropriate recommendations and regulations in the near future, “Sharma told PTI at Mobile World Congress 2019 here.
The telecommunications sector at MWC has been showcasing technology and sharing its plans around 5G services. The 5G business will be dominated by the data-related business, which is expected to erase the differences between the services provided by Internet companies and telecommunications service providers.
The industry has been talking about the same set of rules for companies that provide similar services.
Last week, the CEO of the GSM Association, General of the GSM Association, Mats Granryd, said that telecommunications companies globally should be regulated on a par with Internet companies as they plan to go beyond providing fair connectivity to adopt a data-centric business model with “smart connectivity” with 5G on.
He said India is the only country that has announced the gradual end of mobile call termination fees, a move that will end price arbitrage between online players providing call and messaging services and telecom operators.
Speaking about the evolution of new technologies and the impact on regulatory jurisdictions, Sharma said: “Regulatory systems will continue to develop as technology develops. Our approach is that the regulator should not become an obstacle. “
In addition to this, Sharma said that all telecom operators will have to implement a blockchain-based system to curb the annoying threat of calls and messages as of March 1 and will not be granted any extensions.
The Indian business messaging firm Tanla Solutions announced here that it has installed the first system to stop nuisance calls and the messaging system according to Trai rule on the Vodafone Idea network that started working from Tuesday.
“This initiative is perhaps the largest use case for Blockchain in the world, with potential transactional volumes of more than 10 billion per month. We are confident that it will enable the more than one billion mobile users,” said Uday Reddy, CMD , Tanla Solutions.