TRAI is seeking comments from telcos and stakeholders for reviewing existing regulation regarding interconnection between telecom service providers.

Some of the issues raised by the consultation paper - Review of the Regulatory Framework for Interconnection include: which is the best option to ensure fair, reasonable, and non-discriminatory terms and conditions of interconnection agreement between telecom service providers (TSPs), in view of the technological, market, licensing, regulatory, and legal developments in the telecommunication services sector in India since 2002?; should an interconnection agreement between TSPs continue to operate if an interconnecting TSP acquires a new license upon expiry of an old license?; whether there is a need to continue with the present concept of interconnection seeker/interconnection provider?; and what should be the criteria to ensure that inflated demand for ports is not made by interconnection seeker?

The written comments on the consultation paper are invited from the stakeholders by November 21 and counter comments by December 6, 2016.

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