TRAI to decide whether messaging, voice and video OTT services will be regulated in India

24 May 2019

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) may decide soon whether to regulate over-the-top companies like WhatsApp and Skype. The Telecom regulator is under pressure from telecom companies that have demanded a level playing field and are allegedly incurring huge losses due to these OTTs players competition. Telecom service providers claim that there is a regulatory imbalance because OTTs offer similar services without the licensing and regulatory burden they face. If the TRAI decides to bring OTT services under telecom regulation then they will be required to get a license from the government to operate in the country.

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