WhatsApp and other OTTs may soon need a telecom license: In this age of rapid change due to the internet, many countries around the world are struggling to set the ‘rules and regulations’ for all the new technologies, and India is not untouched.
The Government of India has been continuously working towards creating new strong regulations for digital technologies and services and an important step in this direction is now seen.
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In fact, according to reports, Internet calling and messaging services such as WhatsApp, Zoom, Skype, Google Duo etc. will soon be launched on ‘over the top’ (OTT) platforms. A license may be required.
Could WhatsApp and other OTTs need a telecom license soon?
This has been mentioned in the draft Telecom Bill 2022. The thing is that ‘over the top’ (OTT) companies like WhatsApp, Zoom etc have been included in the draft Telecom Bill-2022.
According to the draft Telecom Bill-2022 released on Wednesday, the concerned companies will be required to obtain licenses from the government for telecom services and telecom networks.
Indian Telecom Bill, 2022 – Draft: Read Here!
Indian Telecom Bill-2022 Sharing a link to the draft on Twitter, India’s Telecom Minister Ashwini Vaishnav urged people to share their views on the draft. We are telling you that you can send your comments on this draft of Telecom Bill-2022 till 20th October.
Seeking your views on the draft Indian Telecom Bill 2022.https://t.co/96FsRBqlhq
— Ashwini Vaishnaw (@AshwiniVaishnaw) 21 September 2022
The draft bill mentions a proposal to exempt ‘press messages published in India’ from interference by journalists accredited to the central or state governments.
But the draft also provides that no special exemption shall be granted in case of any public emergency or in the interest of public safety, sovereignty, integrity or security of India or friendly relations with foreign states, public order or prevention of provocation of an offence. will be given.
According to the draft bill, if any of the above mentioned conditions occur, in such cases no such message shall be transmitted by any telecommunication service provider or telecommunication network, and if necessary, the service providers will also have to share the messages and others. Information to the concerned authorized officer.
Do you have to pay for internet calling and messaging on WhatsApp and other apps?
As soon as the case involving WhatsApp, Facebook, Zoom etc. to get telecom license came to light, the news started spreading fast on the internet that if these companies want to get telecom license for internet calling and messaging, one such scenario. It may also start charging its users some money for these free services.
To remind you that in 2008 TRAI had also made a similar recommendation and said that Internet service providers may be allowed to make Internet calls over normal telephone networks, but they will have to pay interconnection charges. , shall be valid interception devices. Regulations of several security agencies will also have to be established and ensured.
After this, in 2016-17 as well, when the issue became a topic of discussion, ‘net-neutrality’ became a big issue.
It is also said that telecom operators have been demanding a uniform law for all internet-based calling and messaging services for a long time.
Now it will be interesting to see how apps like WhatsApp react to these new rules and whether they really have to pay for all their services in the coming days!