TRAI launches consultation for next generation networks

January 27th, 2009 - 8:57 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Jan 27 (IANS) The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) Tuesday issued a consultation paper on next generation networks (NGN), seeking the views of the industry stakeholders on migrating to the new platform.NGN enables telecom operators to offer a range of new services from lower tariffs to high-speed broadband and intensive services including, internet protocol television (IPTV), high definition television (HDTV), videoconferencing, voice over internet protocol (VoIP), instant messaging and e-mail.

However, operators will be required to make substantial investments to migrate to the NGN platform from their existing networks.

“The increasing acceptability of common IP back bone, intense competition and need to provide new value-added services and applications encourage migration into NGN platforms world-over,” the regulator said in a statement.

However, such migration may be restricted due to existing regulatory frameworks, it said.

The consultation paper has asked operators to specify if there should be any change in the regulatory and policy framework in the emergence of NGN. Operators have also been asked to specify the nature of changes.

Currently, it is not mandatory for operators to migrate to NGN. The Department of Telecom has not specified any timeframe for replacing their existing networks with the NGN platform.

The TRAI has sought the industry’s opinion if this system should continue, or, if a time-frame for migration to NGN should be specified.

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