OTT has been included as a part of telecom service in the draft of Indian Telecom Bill-2022. According to the draft bill released on Wednesday, “the companies concerned will have to obtain licenses for telecom services and telecom networks”.
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the central government Indian Telecom Bill, 2022 Public announcement of the draft has been made. The government has also sought suggestions from the people regarding this draft. A link has been shared for this. On this link, people can share their suggestions related to the draft, the last date of which is 20 October. in this regard Telecom Minister Ashnini Vaibhav Said that the bill has been explained in detail in the draft.
He said that we have prepared a better framework for this. This draft has the answers to all the questions you want to know. The main purpose of this bill is to protect the users. Let us tell you that for more detailed discussion on this bill, Telecom Minister Ashwini Vaibhav will interact with the media on 23 September (Friday) at the National Media Center between 11.30 and 13.30.
Government seeks public opinion on Indian Telecom Bill 2022
OTT has been included as a part of telecom service in the draft Telecom Bill-2022. Over the top (OTT) companies such as WhatsApp, Zoom and Google Duo, which provide Internet calling and messaging facilities, may need a license to operate in the country. This has also been proposed in the draft. Telecom Minister Ashwini Vaishnav has written on his Twitter handle, ‘Need your views on the draft Indian Telecom Bill-2022.’ He has also shared the ‘link’ of the draft bill. Comments can be given on this till October 20.
Seeking your views on draft Indian Telecom Bill 2022.https://t.co/96FsRBqlhq
— Ashwini Vaishnaw (@AshwiniVaishnaw) September 21, 2022
OTT companies will have to take license
According to the draft bill released on Wednesday, “the companies concerned will have to obtain licenses for telecom services and telecom networks”. The government has proposed a provision to waive off fees and fines for telecom and internet service providers in the bill. The ministry has also proposed a provision for refund of charges in case the telecom or internet provider surrenders its licence.
According to the draft bill, the central government can waive partly or wholly any fee for any license holder or registered entity under the telecom rules. This includes entry fee, license fee, registration fee or any other fee or interest, additional fee or penalty.