A day after prohibiting mobile operators from offering differential data tariff plans, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) has asked them to adopt open standards, open source (software) technology, and open software codes to provide unbiased Internet connectivity.
“No service can be hostage to a particular technology,” Ram Sewak Sharma, Trai chairman said adding that adoption of open-source (software) will help companies to avoid the vendor-locking situation and provide unbiased Internet connectivity to all.
Sharma, who was speaking at the India Digital Summit, hosted by the Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI), also emphasised the need to use mobile phones as a means of digital connectivity in the country and as an effective instrument for digital transactions.
“Digital connectivity in India will also reduce the pressure on spectrum and Trai has sent its recommendations to the government on the same,” Sharma said.
Talking on Trai’s differential pricing order that speaks about review process after two years, Sharma said two years is a long time for a technology-driven industry. “We will see which policies are still relevant and which need some change or upgrade during that period,” he said.
On the contentious issue of call drops, he said in the latest round of drive tests the regulator had taken recommendations from the telecom operators into account. “We will analyse the results and take appropriate actions,” he said.
In the next round of drive tests, which is typically conducted every three months, Trai will cover seven cities and will extend to more cities, if required.