Our Comments to TRAI's Consultation Paper on Regulatory Framework for Over-The-Top (OTT) Communication Services

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) had published a consultation paper on 12 November 2018 for the creation of a regulatory framework for over-the-top (OTT) communication services. OTT services are those services which are used or delivered over the Internet. Basically, if you need Internet for something, then it is an over-the-top service. Yesterday, on 07 January 2019, we submitted out comments to TRAI. Our comments are available below. Counter comments will be accepted by TRAI until 21 January 2019.

TRAI Open House Discussion: Proliferation of Broadband through Public Wi-Fi Networks

On January 9, 2017, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India held an Open House Discussion (OHD) on its September 2016 consultation paper titled “Proliferation of Broadband through Public Wi-Fi Networks”. The discussion was held from 11:00 AM – 1:30 PM at the India Habitat Centre, New Delhi, and was attended by over 100 stakeholders from the Government, industry, civil society, academia, and technical communities.

Counter Comments to the Consultation Paper on Free Data

Following our initial comments on the Consultation Paper on Free Data, below are our set of counter comments that serve as responses to the comments made by TSPs and TSP associations. Though a number of substantive proposals have been made in response to the Consultation Paper, owing to the large volume of comments, we have identified some common themes found across the submissions made by major TSPs and TSP associations and presented our responses accordingly.

SFLC.in’s Comments on the TRAI Pre-Consultation Paper on Net Neutrality

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) on May 30, 2016 published a Pre-Consultation Paper on Net Neutrality, inviting stakeholder comments on 6 broad questions including the core principles of net neutrality, permissible traffic management techniques that may be adopted by Internet service providers, the ideal regulatory approach to net neutrality, and relevant privacy and national security considerations to be borne in mind while speaking of net neutrality from a regulatory standpoint.

SFLC.in's Comments on the TRAI Consultation Paper on Free Data

On 19 May, 2016 the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India floated a Consultation Paper on Free Data, inviting stakeholder comments on the need for a Telecom Service Provider agnostic platform to provide free Internet to the under-privileged, the need to regulate such platforms, and whether free data needs to be provided over fixed-line broadband in addition to mobile Internet services. Below is the full text of our comments submitted before TRAI:

On the TRAI Consultation Paper on Differential Pricing on Data Services

The Telecom regulatory Authority of India has issued a Consultation Paper on Differential Pricing for Data Services on November 9, 2015 and invited public comments to be sent by December 30, 2015. The paper discusses issues related to differential tariff plans of the Telecom Service providers (TSPs) who offer zero or discounted tariffs to content of certain websites/ applications/platforms.

The questions raised in the consultation paper are: