13 November 2018
TRAI issues Consultation Paper for including OTT Services in its Regulatory Framework

Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has released a Consultation Paper on 'Regulatory Framework for Over The Top (OTT) Communication Services'. OTT services could theoretically be considered in the broadest sense to mean all online services (for instance, e-commerce platforms or applications offering aggregating services).

This is in furtherance to an earlier consultation paper issued by the Authority on Regulatory Framework for Over-the-top (OTT) services on the 27th of March, 2015, which also included questions on the principles of net neutrality, reasonableness of traffic management practices, non-price based discrimination of services and transparency requirements.

The objective of this Consultation Paper is to analyse and discuss the implications of the growth of 011s; the relationship between 011 players and TSPs; the similarity, if any, between services provided by the TSPs and 011 players; changes that may be required in the current regulatory framework to govern these entities; and the manner in which such changes should be effected. While preparing this consultation paper, information collected by the Authority In response to previous consultations has also been used.

Comments on the issues raised in the consultation paper are invited from the stakeholders by 10.12.2018 and counter comments, if any, by 24.12.2018.

The Consultation Paper issued by TRAI maybe found on the website of TRAI at