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APP AVAILABLE ON APP STORE & PLAYSTORE WWW.FINANCIALEXPRESS.COM VOLUME XLIII NO. 232, 20 PAGES, `5.00 (PATNA `6.00, RAIPUR `7.00) P U B L I S H E D F R O M : A H M E D A B A D , B E N G A L U R U , C H A N D I G A R H , C H E N N A I , H Y D E R A B A D , K O C H I , K O L K ATA , L U C K N O W, M U M B A I , N E W D E L H I , P U N E READ TO LEAD SENSEX: 33,618.59 ▼ 105.85 NIFTY: 10,370.25 ▼ 29.30 NIKKEI 225: 22,486.24 ▼ 9.75 HANG SENG: 29,680.85 ▼ 5.34 `/$: 64.41 ▲ 0.09 `/€: 76.56 ▲ 0.44 BRENT: $63.43 ▼ $0.41 GOLD: `29,453.00 ▼ `16.00 NET NEUTRALITY RULES No decision on WhatsApp, etc TIBET, CHINA TODAY A RED initiative appears in today’s edition of Financial Express. This page is an initiative of the marketing solutions team of The Indian Express Group and contains content paid for by advertisers. This page should be read as an advertisement. IN THE NEWS Raft of proposals awaits CCI nod A NUMBER of companies, such as Alibaba Singapore, Canada Pension Plan Investment Board and IndusInd Bank, have sought clearances from the Competition Commission Of India (CCI) this month for their respective merger and acquisition proposals, reports Banikinkar Pattanayak in New Delhi. Can’t provide free data for a Netflix, but can raise speed of YouTube through ‘CDN’ service, can give free movies via intranet route FE BUREAU New Delhi, November 28 AFTER HAVING STOPPED differential data pricing last year in February, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) on Tuesday came out with a comprehensive set of recommendations on net neutrality which disallows any discriminatory practices on the net like throttling,choking or accelerating of select websites by telecom operators or internet service providers. While Trai has provided for areas like specialised services and content delivery networks to be outside the purview of net neutrality, the biggest disappointment for telecom operators was that it has deferred to take a call on whether over-thetop (OTT) operators like WhatsApp, Viber, etc, need to be brought under a regulatory and licensing framework. Telecom operators have been WHAT’S IN, WHAT’S OUT WhatsApp continues to be free as decision on licensing rules for OTT services like WhatsApp to be taken up later Telcos cannot negotiate with a Netflix for bulk discount for their users. But there is a way out through the ‘intranet’. A telco can buy movies from a Netflix or a Hooq or an Eros, store them on the ‘intranet’ and then price these differentially Data costs for subscribers can’t be waived/ lowered for movies/videos, but if these are stored on what is called an ‘intranet’, this is possible Telcos can’t lower the data prices for a Netflix or an Eros. But Netflix/Eros can buy discounted bulk data packs from telcos — or intermediaries like wallet firms — and give these to their subscribers Telcos can’t increase the speed of services like WhatsApp to provide better-quality calls as part of a special package arguing since 2015 when the first consultation paper on OTTs was brought out by Trai that since OTTs like WhatsApp provide services like calls, they should also be brought underthe same rules that applies to telcos. However, in a huge disappointment for them, Trai in its over50-page recommendation merely said that it would bring a separate consultation paper on OTTs at a later date. Speaking to FE, Trai chairman RS Sharma said that a decision on whether OTTs should be regulated or not did not figure in this set of recommendations because “we thought that it is not central to the discussion on net neutrality”. While the prohibition on differential data pricing remains, which basically means that whatever is available on the net cannot be differently priced by telcos for their subscribers through any exclusive tie-ups with content providers, Trai has now chalked out three areas — specialised services, content deliverynetworks,and traffic management — where operators can be outside the purview of the principles of net neutrality. Apart from these three areas the earlier leeway to telecom operators to offer free content to their users via their closed communication networks (intranet)would also continue. However, since it has not framed specific ruleswith regard to howthe newexceptional areas would work vis-a-vis telcos and just laid down the broad principles,telecom operatorswere disappointed since for clarity they would have to wait till the department of telecommunications orTrai finalises the specific rules governing them. Forinstance,Trai has allowed operators to provide a fast lane to specialised services but then it has to be done keeping in mind that there's sufficient bandwidth for normal services. Sharma said that such services should not be offered as a replacement for normal services and they should not compromise on the quality of internet access services. Continued on Page 2 JUDGEMENT DAY High-profile jury to make the best of Indian IT count Umang Bedi, former MD, Facebook India Sharad Sharma, co-founder, iSPIRT S Sadagopan, director, IIIT-B THE EXPRESS IT AWARDS, now in its fifth year, just got bigger. With 500-odd nominations — the highest till now — the task for the five-member jury panel involved sifting through the burgeoning nominations and preparing the final shortlist done by our knowledge partner, PwC. This year, the eminent panel comprised RajanAnandan,vicepresident, India and Southeast Asia, Google; Sharad Sharma, formerhead ofYahoo India R&D and co-founder of iSPIRT; Rajan Anandan, V-P, Google (India & S-E Asia) S Sadagopan, director, IIITBengaluru; Ravi Gururaj, chairman, Nasscom Product Council; Ravi Gururaj, chairman, Nasscom Product Council and Umang Bedi, former MD, Facebook India. The panel comprised members having diverse experience with some of them being associated with the largest technology companies in the world, while others are closely associated with thevibrant start-up ecosystem in the country.There is also the presence of a lifelong tech academic moulding the minds of future technologists and budding entrepreneurs. Continued on Page 2
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