IT Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw reports that a Telecom plan would likely be implemented in 6-10 months

IT Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw reports that a Telecom plan would likely be implemented in 6-10 months ...

The new telecom measure, which will replace the 137-year-old Indian Telegraph Act, is expected to arrive in six months, but the government is not in a hurry, according to communications minister Ashwini Vaishnaw. It also seeks to replace the Indian Wireless Telegraphy Act, 1933, and the Telegraph Wires (Unlawful Possession) Act, 1950.

"We will design the final draft on the basis of the consultation process. That draft will then go through the committee processes of Parliament. Then it must go (to) Parliament. "I see a timeline of 6-10 months, but we are not in a hurry," Vaishnaw said when asked about a timeline for the implementation of the final measure.

The minister gave over 36 minutes of detailed discussion on the draft bill.

If the bill is approved then over-the-top players like Whatsapp, Zoom, and Google Duo, who provide calling and messaging services may require licenses to operate in the country.

While the government has sought information from the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India on the Internet licensing requirement as well as calling messages, the bill is clear that it does not intend to include the OTT apps under the licensing program.

"OTT already has been under scrutiny by interpreting what is called a telegraph. The consultation process for its regulation has already begun. This bill requires an effective, light touch regulatory environment. Wherever necessary there should be strict effective regulation, and in other locations there will be light touch regulation," said the minister.

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If you enter the telecom licence agreement, the bill will advise all Internet calling and messaging applications to follow the Know Your Customers (KYC) requirement.

According to the minister, the first essential assumption in the bill is about protection of users, and every consumer has the right to know who makes the call.

"If calls can be made from different platforms then every platform must comply with the same kind of regulation,," Vaishnaw said. This is not only in India, but in the rest of the world. Technology has brought so many changes, so the distinction between voice and data has disappeared.

KYC regulations will also assist in curbing cyber fraud, according to the president.

While taking services from operators, the minister said it is essential for users to provide adequate information.

The minister said that telecom service providers will be given the option to change to the new rule. The new Telecom Bill has imposed up to one year in prison for giving false identity for using telecom services, while reducing the maximum penalty of telecom operators to Rs. 5 crore per circle imposed today. The penalty is expected to range from zero to a maximum of Rs. 5 crore.

The government in the bill has proposed a mechanism to levy fees and penalties for telecom and internet service providers.

In the midst of insolvency, Vaishnaw said the government will focus on continuity of service as a result of the business''s failure. At the end of the spectrum will come back to the government.

The bill proposes a enabling system in which the Centre can address payment problems by a licensee, a registered entity, or a assignee.

In such a situation, the government may suspend the due payment, convert a portion or all of the amounts into shares of the corporation, write-off the amount or a part thereof, or even relieve the debt.

In the event a telecom or internet provider loses its license, the draft also requires a fee refund.