Govt proposes to bring internet calling, messaging apps under telecom licence – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Over-the-top gamers like Whatsapp, Zoom and Google Duo which offer calling and messaging companies could require licences to function within the nation, based on the draft telecommunication invoice 2022. The draft invoice has included OTT as a part of the telecommunication service.
“For provision of telecommunication companies and telecommunication networks, an entity shall must get hold of a license,” the draft invoice launched on Wednesday night stated.
The federal government within the invoice has proposed a provision to waive charges and penalty of telecom and web service suppliers.
The ministry has additionally proposed a provision for the refund of charges in case a telecom or web supplier surrenders his license.
“Searching for your views on the draft Indian Telecom Invoice 2022,” telecom minister Ashwini Vaishnaw stated in a publish on a social media platform during which he additionally shared the hyperlink of the draft invoice.
The final date for public touch upon the draft is October 20.
In keeping with the draft, the central authorities could, “waive partly or full any charge, together with entry charges, license charges, registrations charges or some other charges or costs, curiosity, further costs or penalty” for any licence holder or registered entity below the telecom guidelines.
The invoice proposes to exempt “press messages which are supposed to be revealed in India” of correspondents accredited to the central or state authorities from interception.
Nevertheless, the exemption is not going to be granted in case of any public emergency or within the curiosity of the general public security, sovereignty, integrity or safety of India, pleasant relations with overseas states, public order, or to stop incitement to an offence, based on the draft.
In such circumstances “any message or class of messages, to or from any particular person or class of individuals, or referring to any specific topic, introduced for transmission by, or transmitted or obtained by any telecommunication companies or telecommunication community, shall not be transmitted, or shall be intercepted or detained or disclosed” to the approved officer, based on the draft invoice.

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