We’re pleased to announce that Rajan S Mathews, Director General of the Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI), will be making the opening remarks at the #NAMApolicy discussion on the regulation of OTT services in India. This discussion is being held tomorrow, January 11th 2019, at the India Habitat Centre, Delhi.

Before joining the COAI, Mathews served as the CEO, COO and COO of multiple cellular companies such as AT&T Wireless, Birla-AT&T (now IDEA), Telargo (a JV of NTT DoCoMo) etc. across countries like the US, Afghanistan, India, the UK, France, Taiwan among others. He specialises in international operations and startup ventures, turn arounds, M&As and venture financing.

At times, we have felt that telecom operators related to OTT services did not get enough air time. We want to hear their point of view to understand what they’re going through in order to address some of their concerns, and have a more balanced discussion about this policy.


Magnolia (Basement) Jacaranda (First Floor), India Habitat Center, Delhi

Friday, January 11, 06:00 PM onwards

05:00 PM – 06:00 PM: Check-in & High Tea
06:00 PM – 08:00 PM, Open house discussion*

  • 06:00 PM – 06:40 PM: Part 1, on the economic debate
    • Substitutability of OTT services with Telecom services (same service same rules) and factors for determining substitutability
    • OTT and investment in Telecom
    • Is there a market failure in OTT?
  • 06:45 PM – 07:30 PM: Part 2, on regulation of OTT services
    • Jurisdictional concerns
    • Regulatory arbitrage and differential regulatory norms
    • Risk of over-regulation
    • Lawful interception of OTT services
  • 07:30 PM – 08:00 PM: Part 3, on enabling interoperability, interconnection and other issues
    • Regulatory changes for enabling interoperability and interconnection
    • The need for enabling emergency services in OTT

08:00 PM onwards, Dinner

* session split subject to changes based on how the discussion is going

PLEASE NOTE: This discussion will be held under the Chatham House Rule, to enable more openness in participation. Points raised during the discussion will be made public but not attributed to any person and/or organisation. No participant may be named either.

We’ve got 130+ confirmations for the discussion across civil society, industry, government, think tanks and media, so we’re hoping for a fairly vibrant discussion, from multiple perspectives. We had put together a reading list for our attendees, earlier, to act as a primer and bring everyone up to speed on the issues involved.

MediaNama is hosting this discussion with support from Facebook, Microsoft, STAR & Google.


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