: Internet calling apps may soon need telecom licence #FinanceIndia #StockMarketNEWS #Business Press Trust of India New Delhi Over-the-top players like Whatsapp, Zoom and Google Duo which provide
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Press Trust of India
Over-the-top players like Whatsapp, Zoom and Google Duo which provide calling and messaging services may require licences to operate in the country, according to the draft telecommunicationbill 2022.
The draft bill has included OTT as part of the telecommunication service.
â€śFor provision of Telecommunication Services and Telecommunication Networks, an entity shall have to obtain a license,â€? the draft bill released said.
The government in the bill has proposed a provision to waive fees and penalty of telecom and internet service providers.
The ministry has also proposed a provision for the refund of fees in case a telecom or internet provider surrenders his license.
â€śSeeking your views on the draft Indian Telecom Bill 2022,â€? Telecom Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw said in a post on a social media platform in which he also shared the link of the draft bill. The last date for public comment on the draft is October 20.
According to the draft, the central government may, â€śwaive in part or full any fee, including entry fees, license fees, registrations fees or any other fees or charges, interest, additional charges or penaltyâ€? for any licence holder or registered entity under the telecom rules.
The bill proposes to exempt â€śpress messages that are intended to be published in Indiaâ€? of correspondents accredited to the central or state government from interception.
However, the exemption will not be granted in case of any public emergency or in the interest of the public safety, sovereignty, integrity or security of India, friendly relations with foreign states, public order, or to prevent incitement to an offence, according to the draft.
In such cases â€śany message or class of messages, to or from any person or class of persons, or relating to any particular subject, brought for transmission by, or transmitted or received by any telecommunication services or telecommunication network, shall not be transmitted, or shall be intercepted or detained or disclosedâ€? to the authorized officer, according to the draft bill.