The Internet and Mobile Association of India has expressed despair over the TRAI's recent recommendations on Mobile VAS, specially on its recommendation of introducing licensing. In a media statement, the industry body has said that the recommendations are self-contradictory and defeat the purpose with which the consultation paper was published. The association has specifically raised the issue of bringing the VAS industry under a licensing regime, and has said that the TRAI's recommendation of introducing a licensing would involve security and other compulsory compliances, and the cost involved would act as a disincentive to innovators and startups. The IAMAI has also taken on the TRAI on its view that licensing would improve revenue share of VAS providers, and has said that the authority has not given any clarity on the issue, and that the stakeholders had never asked the TRAI to look into rate setting and revenue share fixing. However, the IAMAI has lauded the TRAI for proposing the Short Code Council, an independent and centralised agency to distribute and manage short codes, and its recommendation for keeping out over the top(OTT) services excluded from the purview of recommendations. Over the top services are VAS products accessed through the Internet. Note that MediaNama’s recommendations to the TRAI were for not licensing or registration of application services. We feel that it increases the influence and the role of the regulator in the ecosystem, and given that ASPs will require licensing, it creates an unnecessary barrier to entry. Though we welcome the introduction of the…
- Practo Partners With Government To Help Develop India’s Health Stack January 31, 2023
- Attend Our Briefing: Impact of Google’s changes to Android and Play Store January 31, 2023
- Why is Andhra government pushing facial recognition attendance on all its workers? January 31, 2023
- Karthik Rai On Developing an Interoperability Framework for India | Meta India Tech Scholars 2021-22 January 31, 2023
- Indian Telecom Watchdog issues consultation paper on regulating converged digital technologies and services January 31, 2023
MediaNama’s mission is to help build a digital ecosystem which is open, fair, global and competitive.
India's smartphone operating system BharOS has received much buzz in the media lately, but does it really merit this attention?
After using the Mapples app as his default navigation app for a week, Sarvesh draws a comparison between Google Maps and Mapples
The regulatory ambivalence around an instrument so essential to facilitate data exchange – the CM framework – is disconcerting for several reasons.
The provisions around grievance redressal in the Data Protection Bill "stands to be dangerously sparse and nugatory on various counts."
Please subscribe to MediaNama. Don't share prints and PDFs.
You May Also Like
Google has released a Google Travel Trends Report which states that branded budget hotel search queries grew 179% year over year (YOY) in India, in...
135 job openings in over 60 companies are listed at our free Digital and Mobile Job Board: If you’re looking for a job, or...
Twitter takes down tweets from MP, MLA, editor criticising handling of pandemic upon government request
By Aroon Deep and Aditya Chunduru You’re reading it here first: Twitter has complied with government requests to censor 52 tweets that mostly criticised...