Converged legislation for digital services is demanded by the Indian Telecom Association

A law that handles the need for “integration” of multiple digital services has been proposed by the Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI). This would comprise satellite-based communication networks, terrestrial or non-terrestrial telecommunication connectivity, conveying broadcast material, and over-the-top (OTT) communication services. In response to a DOT discussion paper that attempts to examine the current legal and regulatory framework regulating telecommunications, the telecom industry responded.

According to COAI’s response, the results of the consultation process should lead to the creation of unified rules and policy for telecom (both terrestrial and satellite) broadcasting and IT, as well as a resolution of the legal and legislative concerns linked to data privacy.

The sector’s technological and digital environments are quite fluid. According to the Cellular Operators Association, there is a need for a regulation that should be potential in order to as far as feasible fulfil the demands of quickly evolving technologies and industrial dynamics. The rate of high-speed broadband network deployment has led to a rise in customer demand for a consistent content experience across all platforms (TV, smartphone, and PC). reports on COAI submittal.

The use of digital technology has also paved the path for industry consolidation and “intermodal” competition, as voice, video, and data services are offered through OTT applications, cable, broadcasting, and wireless networks on single broadband infrastructure. It also noted that the development of artificial intelligence, transfer of large data to emerging businesses, and cloud-based services will all lead to more convergence.

The telecom organisation has requested a reduction in the licencing fee, arguing that it should be reduced from 3% of the AGR to 0.5-1% in order to cover only administrative costs.