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TRAI takes a shot at regulating OTT services. But it may have woken up a bit too late.

TRAI has sought stakeholders’ views on which services can be categorised as “same” or “similar” to those provided by telcos. That will be key to deciding how OTT players can be regulated and made to pay up.
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Aditya Birla Group chairman Kumar Mangalam Birla with TRAI chief RS Sharma during the International Mobile Congress on October 25, 2018, in New Delhi. Getty Images
Aditya Birla Group chairman Kumar Mangalam Birla with TRAI chief RS Sharma during the International Mobile Congress on October 25, 2018, in New Delhi.
Here’s a conversation from a Calvin and Hobbes comic strip: Calvin’s mom: Why should I drive you Calvin, it’s a perfect day outside! What do you think people have feet for? Calvin: To work the gas pedal!!!! Replace Calvin’s mom with India’s telecom companies and Calvin with the over-the-top (OTT) players, and you have a picture of
the regulator should have been a little more proactive in intervening and setting the rules. Nonetheless, it will be interesting to watch how the industry stakeholders respond to this consultation paper and what kind of regulatory changes come out of it. Till then, OTTs can continue to enjoy the free joyride on telcos’ networks. ( Graphic by Abdul Shafiq)
Here’s a conversation from a Calvin and Hobbes comic strip: Calvin’s mom: Why should I drive you Calvin, it’s a perfect day outside! What do you think people have feet for? Calvin: To work the gas pedal!!!! Replace Calvin’s mom with India’s telecom companies and Calvin with the over-the-top (OTT) players, and you have a picture of the regulator should have been a little more proactive in intervening and setting the rules. Nonetheless, it will be interesting to watch how the industry stakeholders respond to this consultation paper and what kind of regulatory changes come out of it. Till then, OTTs can continue to enjoy the free joyride on telcos’ networks. ( Graphic by Abdul Shafiq)

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