The rules regarding spectrum allocation have been relaxed in the new Telecom Bill.
Provision of strict punishment has been made for buying OTT platform or SIM with fake documents.
OTT players may require license/registration to operate.
New Delhi. The Central Government has prepared the draft Indian Telecom Bill, 2022 for public consultation, in which it is proposed to make comprehensive rules to replace the three laws. These include the Indian Telegraph Act, 1885, the Indian Wireless Telegraphy Act, 1933 and the Telegraph Wire (Unlawful Possession) Act, 1950. In fact, the main emphasis of the changes in these historical laws is to protect the users.
In fact, the biggest reason behind bringing this bill is to strengthen the legal framework for preparing to deal with cyber security, national security and other threats. In this bill, the names and their definitions used in the telecom sector will be reformulated according to the new telecom law. At the same time, OTT has also been included as part of the telecom service.
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Rules will be strict for OTT platform
The new Telecom Bill covers technology platforms providing communication services like OTT services WhatsApp, Signal, Telegram etc. Through this, the government will be allowed to decide the accountability of these platforms. OTT players may require license/registration and may have to comply with regulations like in the telecom sector.
Clarity will be brought in spectrum allocation
A lot of clarity has also been brought in this new telecom bill regarding spectrum allocation. In this, auction is a right way to allocate airwaves in future except for certain purposes like government use etc. If a telecom company becomes insolvent, the spectrum given to the government comes back under the control of the government, if the company is going bankrupt, fails to provide telecom services to the government, has to pay taxes like license fee etc. makes a mistake. In such a situation, the government can relax the rules of spectrum distribution, trade, lease and surrender.
right of the government to waive the fine
The bill allows the government to waive the license fee or registration fee, interest, additional fee or penalty or damages payable if necessary. Especially to protect the interests of consumers, to maintain competition and to continue continuity in telecom services.
Strict action will be taken on buying sim through fake documents
In this bill, fake documents will no longer be able to be submitted for obtaining OTT communication platform or SIM through fake documents. Submission of forged documents can be punishable with imprisonment of up to one year or a fine of up to Rs 50,000.
Tags: Telecom business, WhatsApp account
FIRST PUBLISHED : November 10, 2022, 12:50 IST