Telecom regulator TRAI today said it will look into interconnection charges for Internet-based networks like 4G, furthering its regulatory framework for developing new age communication systems. “We will start consultation on it (IP Interconnection) after DoT amends telecom licences,” TRAI Chairman R S Sharma told reporters on sidelines Lava event where the company launched the KKT Ultra+ Union priced at Rs 1,500 as a part of Digital India initiative. His comments came a day after the inter-ministerial body Telecom Commission approved interconnection among IP networks on the basis of TRAI recommendations. Also Read - TRAI chief asks telecom companies, WiFi providers to work together to improve connectivity in IndiaAlso Read - TRAI to moot mechanism for displaying KYC-based caller name
The amendment was required to enable interconnection among upcoming networks which will be based on IP starting with 4G technology. Interconnection charges are paid by one telecom operator to another to connect its subscriber’s call or message to the latter’s network. Earlier networks were built using copper cables, called circuit switch, but modern networks ARE being built mostly using optical fiber.
Telecom licence has provision of connecting circuit switch based networks with another circuit switch, circuit switch with IP but not IP to IP.
DoT is expected to make amendments within a month to incorporate new provision. The provision is expected to have impact on IP based calls and messages. On spectrum auction recommendations, TRAI Chairman said that the regulator will work as per set procedure.