In Today’s News:
- Telecom Regulatory Authority of India.
1. Telecom Regulatory Authority of India
Telecom Regulatory Authority of India in its recommendation on the ‘Regulatory Framework for OTT Communication Services’ said that a regulatory framework set-up is not needed as of now to regulate the various aspects of OTT(Over-The-Top) services like Whatsapp, Hike, Skype, etc.
Prelims GS – Governance
- The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) was established with effect from 20th February 1997 by an Act of Parliament, called the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India Act, 1997, to regulate telecom services, including fixation/revision of tariffs for telecom services which were earlier vested in the Central Government.
- TRAI is a statutory body.
- TRAI’s mission is to create and nurture conditions for the growth of telecommunications in the country in a manner and at a pace that will enable India to play a leading role in the emerging global information society.
- One of the main objectives of TRAI is to provide a fair and transparent policy environment which promotes a level playing field and facilitates fair competition.
- In pursuance of the above objective, TRAI has issued from time to time a large number of regulations, orders, and directives to deal with issues coming before it and provided the required direction to the evolution of the Indian telecom market from a Government-owned monopoly to a multi-operator multi-service open competitive market.
- The directions, orders, and regulations issued to cover a wide range of subjects including tariff, interconnection, and quality of service as well as governance of the Authority.
- The TRAI Act was amended by an ordinance, effective from 24 January 2000, establishing a Telecommunications Dispute Settlement and Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT) to take over the adjudicatory and disputes functions from TRAI.
- TDSAT was set up to adjudicate any dispute between a licensor and a licensee, between two or more service providers, between a service provider and a group of consumers, and to hear and dispose of appeals against any direction, decision, or order of TRAI.
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