TRAI planning to charge on WhatsApp, Viber and other OTT players

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H! readers, now exclusively from web, we spotted TRAI may going to charge for WhatsApp, Viber and other OTT players. Telecom Regulatory Auth...

H! readers, now exclusively from web, we spotted TRAI may going to charge for WhatsApp, Viber and other OTT players. Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) will meet on Tuesday to initiate the process of bringing in a regulation for over-the-top (OTT) companies or providers of apps like WhatsApp and Viber to pay connectivity charges to telecom companies and share revenue with the government as well.

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Currently, these apps have become very popular amongst mobile users by running on telecom bandwidth without being connected to the telecom industry. They offer free messaging across any telecom network in India, resulting in losses to telcos. Mobile companies, including Bharti Airtel, Vodafone India and Idea Cellular, want apps providers to pay a connectivity charge. 

According to telecom industry estimates, telcos currently lose around Rs 5,000 crore annually due to these free apps and the figure is expected to cross Rs 16,400 crore in the next two years, as mobile subscribers using smartphone with internet are growing rapidly. 

A senior official with the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) said that the OTT players would anyway have to follow the law of the land. "We may be asking them to put their servers in India as they get connected to any telecom network in India without getting themselves registered that is something which is also a security concern for us," the official added.

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