TRAI move wil strangulate WhatsApp, Skype, Hike Messenger etc
I am sure this news is not going to be the liking of many fans of mobile messaging services like WhatsApp and Skype and many similar apps in the Indian market.
Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has decided to regulate all these services and is going to get tough in the days to come. Indiaâ€™s telecom watchdog has said that it is preparing a regulatory mechanism for this purpose.
And it is being speculated that the IM and VoIP applications are going to be the main target of this drive. Recently many telecom companies have shown their displeasure over availability of free calling facility on apps like WhatsApp and others. They say that despite spending millions and millions others who didnâ€™t spend a dime on these services are profiting.
Latest report coming out of TRAI suggest that consultation paper on regulatory framework for over the top services has already been released by TRAI. The final verdict has not been decided yet. It may take some time and so companies such as Viber and WhatsApp will not have to face any trouble for now.
Till very recently TRAI was not prepared to take action. As early as August last year it had refused to do so. OTTs and TSPs have been in a headlock over this matter for quite some time now. As traditional communication such as calls and texts are gradually disappearing, the IM and VoIP services are eating into their revenue, TSPs claims. The OTT services are depended on data networks. These in return boost internet sales from the network providers.
But users have nothing to worry at the moment. In case the TRAI is really willing to impose regulations on OTT services, apps like WhatsApp and Skype may have to pay considerable amounts to TSPs.