TRAI releases recommendations on value added services growth

February 13th, 2009 - 8:35 pm ICT by ANI  

New Delhi, Feb. 13 (ANI): The Telecommunication Regulatory Authorities of India (TRAI) on Friday released recommendations on growth of value added services (VAS) and regulatory issues.
The VAS market in India has a great potential for growth and revenue to telecom access service providers and content providers/ content aggregators, the TRAI noted.
By the year 2009-10, the revenue is expected to reach above 250 billion rupees, and more than 30 percent of the revenue of the telecom access service providers in the span of the next five to seven years.
The TRAI recognized the need to address the various issues involved in the growth of value added services in a transparent manner so that these services achieve the potential growth.
To provide a momentum to this expected growth of value added services, the TRAI brought out a Consultation Paper in May 2008 detailing the various regulatory issues.
Taking a cue from the various stakeholders during the consultation process, the Authority had formulated draft of its recommendations on Value Added Services, including Mobile Value Added Services to be provided through 2G, 3G and Next Generation Network (NGN) etc.
A second round of consultation on these draft recommendations was held in January 2009.
Considering the comments received during the second round of consultation, TRAI has now formulated its suo moto recommendations to the Government on growth of value added services and regulatory issues.
The TRAI is confident that these recommendations will pave the way forward for further growth of VAS and consumers will also be benefited with new and enhanced VAS at reasonable rates. (ANI)

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