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No Regulations Needed For Communication Apps Like Facebook: Telecom Regulator

Telecoms corporations have lobbied for regulation of apps providing free voice, textual content companies (Representational)

New Delhi:

The telecoms watchdog on Monday stated over-the-top (OTT) communication companies don’t presently want a regulatory framework, casting apart the specter of potential restrictions on platforms corresponding to Facebook, WhatsApp and Google.

Telecoms corporations in India have lengthy lobbied for regulation of apps that supply free voice and textual content companies over the web, arguing that such companies erode their revenues.

“It is not an opportune moment to recommend a comprehensive regulatory framework for various aspects of services referred to as OTT services, beyond the extant laws and regulations prescribed presently,” the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) stated in an announcement.

TRAI additionally stated no regulatory intervention was wanted on points associated to privateness and safety of OTT companies.

Facebook, WhatsApp and Google didn’t instantly reply to requests for remark.

Net neutrality activists welcomed the TRAI’s choice, however the telecoms trade foyer group, the Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI), stated the TRAI had not addressed points corresponding to regulatory imbalance and non-level enjoying area between telecoms service suppliers (TSPs) and OTT communication gamers.

“Without a resolution of these issues TSPs will continue to be at a disadvantageous position vis-a-vis OTT Communication Service Providers,” COAI director normal SP Kochhar stated in an announcement.

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