Internet penetration in India is increasing. While there are many ways to provide internet, cable firms has huge potential to increase connectivity across the country. However the proposal to provide internet via cable firms is now on hold because of some taxation and license issues, TRAI Chairman R S Sharma said. Sharma added there are also some license issues as cable firms fall under the I&B Ministry, while internet bandwidth is the domain of the Telecom Ministry. Also Read - Internet down: Zomato, Paytm, Disney+ Hotstar, Amazon, Myntra, many other global services suffered massive outageAlso Read - Airtel 5G Mumbai trials show download speeds of 1.2Gbps, upload at 850Mbps
“TRAI has given recommendation in this regard to Department of Telecom and Ministry of Information and Broadcasting but because of some taxation issues this whole thing has not been done,” Sharma said at an event organized by Cuts International. He said that there are issues around revenue definition in the telecom sector. “Some policy intervention is required in this matter,” Sharma said. As part of consumer protection measures, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) is also working to determine the amount of data that gets downloaded by mobile applications automatically without the subscribers’ knowledge. “In the backdrop, there is so much of pushing of data by mobile applications. We are working on the issue of automatic pushing of data download.
“We are getting IIT Hyderabad involved in to it to learn as to how much data is downloaded unknowingly. Hopefully the report will come out in a month,” TRAI Principal Advisor U K Srivastava said. ALSO READ: Google speeds up services in Asia with high-speed fiber optic undersea cable
Recent reports says that cable companies have started to invest significantly in technology to enable efficient billing and collections from local cable operators (LCOs)and are incentivising the latter to adopt the move by offering a higher share of revenue. The report noted that most multiple-system operators (MSOs) with pan-India presence have commenced a shift in their business model to the fixed billing B2B model as an attempt to improve collections.