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September 15, 2020

TRAI releases recommendations for Regulatory Framework for Over-The-Top (OTT) Communication Services

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has released recommendations on ‘Regulatory Framework for Over-the-top (OTT) Communication Services’. The recommendations include:

1. Presently, there is no need to recommend a comprehensive regulatory framework for various aspects of services referred to as OTT services, beyond the extant laws and regulations prescribed presently.

2. Market forces may be allowed to respond to the situation without prescribing any regulatory intervention. However, developments shall be monitored, and intervention as felt necessary shall be done at appropriate time.

3. Regulatory interventions are presently not required in respect of issues related with privacy and security of OTT services.

The press release can be accessed at – https://www.trai.gov.in/sites/default/files/PR_No.69of2020.pdf and the recommendations at – https://www.trai.gov.in/sites/default/files/Recommendation_14092020_0.pdf.

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