Seeking inputs: TRAI issues consultation papers on enhancing broadband connectivity and unbundling of differential layers through differential licensing
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The Telecom regulator on 20.08.2020 issued the following two consultation papers for stakeholders’ inputs.
- Consultation Paper on Roadmap to Promote Broadband Connectivity and Enhanced Broadband Speed: The consultation paper (CP) highlights the significance of broadband for the digital economy and the key role it is playing in supporting Government, enterprises as well as common public specially in the current pandemic. The paper also refers to the social and economic benefits of improving the telecom infrastructure including broadband connectivity to reach last mile access. The scope of the present consultation is focused on the following key aspects.
- Defining fixed and mobile broadband
- Identifying innovative approaches for infrastructure creation
- Promoting broadband connectivity and
- Measures needed for enhancing broadband speed
Click here to view the consultation paper. The issues for consultation are listed on page 100-105 of the paper.
Last date for sending inputs to the Government is 21.09.2020. You are requested to kindly share your feedback, if any, to us latest by 10.09.2020, enabling us to make timely submission to TRAI. Kindly email your inputs to firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com.
2.Enabling Unbundling of Different Layers Through Differential Licensing: In continuation of its previous pre-consultation paper on unbundling of differential layers through differential licensing (details here), the TRAI has now issued the consultation paper to deliberate further on this matter and sought comments on below questions.
Q1. Do you agree that in order to attract investment and strengthen the service delivery segment, Network services layer and Service delivery layer needs to be separated by introducing specific license for Network Layer alone? Please justify your answer.
Q2. Should the Network Services Layer licensee be permitted to take the Service Delivery Category licenses and provide the service? If yes, what kind of restrictions and safeguards are required to be built, in order to protect the competition and innovation in service delivery segment? Please justify your answer.
Q3. Whether certain obligations should be imposed on the existing Unified Licensees, and other measures should be taken to encourage UL licensees to provide their network resources to VNO licensees particularly in mobile service segment? Please suggest the measures in detail.
Q4. In case network layer and service delivery layer are separated by creating separate category of licenses, as proposed in Q1;
a) What should be the scope for Network layer license and Service Category licenses?
b) Out of various responsibilities and obligations enumerated in Unified License, what should be the respective responsibilities and obligations of Network layer licensees and Service delivery category licensees? Please elaborate with justifications.
c) What mechanism should be put in place to regulate the access to network services of Network layer licensees by the service delivery Category licensees? Whether certain obligations should be imposed on Network layer licensees to provide the network resources in a time-bound, transparent and non-discriminatory manner?
d) What incentives (for example, lower license fee, lower SUC, etc.) could be provided to Network Layer licensees in the new unbundled licensing regime to encourage the investment in the Network layer? Please justify your answer.
e) Whether the existing Unified Licensees should be mandated to migrate to the unbundled licensing regime, or the new regime should be introduced, while keeping the existing regime continued for existing licensees till the validity of their license, with an option of migration?
f) Whether existing VNO licensees be mandated to migrate to service delivery category licenses as per unbundled licensing regime?
g) Whether service delivery category licensees be permitted to parent with multiple Network Service layer licensees? Please justify your answer.
Q5. Any other issue related to the subject may be raised with suitable explanation and justification.
Click here to view the consultation paper:
Last date for sending inputs to the Government is 17.09.2020. You are requested to kindly share your feedback, if any, to us latest by 07.09.2020, enabling us to make timely submission to TRAI. Kindly email your inputs to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We look forward to your response.
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