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TRAI to look into interconnection charges for IP networks soon

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 14 February 2017, 6:05 IST

Telecom regulator TRAI has 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 RS Sharma told reporters on the sidelines of mobile devices maker Lava's event on 29 March.

His comments came a day after the inter-ministerial body Telecom Commission approved interconnection among IP networks on the basis of Trai recommendations.

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 fibre.

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 impact IP-based calls and messages. On spectrum auction recommendations, Trai Chairman said the regulator will work as per set procedure.

-With agency inputs

First published: 30 March 2016, 1:17 IST