- TRAI could release regulatory recommendations for OTT apps by Feb-end.
- OTT apps like WhatsApp, Facebook, Google Duo, Skype could face more scrutiny.
- Telecom service providers want OTT apps to come under the licensing ambit.
For years, almost five to be exact, there has been talk of regulating OTT apps like Facebook, WhatsApp and Skype in India. Telecom providers have been demanding that these apps, which provide similar services like calling and messaging, should pay connectivity charges to telcos as the infrastructure on which these apps function has been paid for and brought to customers by telcos The TRAI first proposed floating a consultation paper on the same back in 2014. At the time, the government had made it clear that it had no intentions of regulating OTT players.