Trai Essay

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Abridged version of TRAI's consultation paper (number 2/2015) on Regulatory Framework for Over-the-top (OTT) services / Internet services and Net Neutrality Release date: 27th March, 2015 Deadlines - Last date of sending comments: 24th April, 2015 to advqos@trai.gov.in - After that, counter comments by: 8th May 2015 Contact TRAI - Who’s responsible: A. Robert. J. Ravi, Advisor (TD & QoS) - TRAI Contact No: +91-11-23230404, Fax: +91-11-23213036. Contents 1. Internet Licensing.............................Pg 2 2. Net Neutrality ………..……………………..Pg 10 3. International Legislation………………..Pg 16 4. Regulatory Frameworks…...……………Pg 18 1: Internet Licensing 1. The objective of this Consultation Paper is to analyse the implications of the growth of Internet services/Apps/OTTs and consider whether or not changes are required in the current regulatory framework. 2. From a telecom regulatory perspective, there are two broad categories of Internet services/Apps/OTTs: those in direct competition with the telecom operators with realtime services, and those that do not fall under the telecom licensing framework, like apps and content. 3. Over-the-top (OTT) refers to Internet applications and services which are provided via telecom operator networks. These are of 3 types: 3.1 Messaging and voice services: These substitute telecom fixed and mobile telephony and SMS revenues. 3.1.1 essaging (WhatsApp, iMessage, Wechat, Line): 2013, the worldwide annual SMS traffic was M In around 8.16 trillion messages, when compared to 18.3 trillion messages by Apps/OTT players. It's expected to double in 2014. Online messaging traffic includes "one-to-many" broadcast messages, unlike SMS which was "one to one". Online messaging can also include voice and video messages as in Facetime, essages using geo-location information (Ola, Uber etc.) m photo

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