Trai to Roll Out Caller ID System to Rival Truecaller in 3 Weeks

NEW DELHI : The telecommunications regulator is set to roll out its mobile caller ID system – verified by KYC or knowing your customer details – in the next three weeks.

It will also explore new regulation taking into account the “scenario of multiple screens, same content”, PD Vaghela, chairman of the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai), said on Wednesday.

The caller ID system will be touted as the government’s replacement for the popular Truecaller app. “Trai conducted several consultations with stakeholders to resolve the issues,” Vaghela told HT. “The new feature is expected to roll out within the next two to three weeks.”

Vaghela added that the regulatory and legal framework must keep pace with new developments to ensure not only smooth adoption of new technologies, but also protection of state and consumer interests.

He told the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) Big Picture Summit: “The main area that requires the attention of the regulatory regime is content convergence. Today, the same content is available on television, connected smart screens and smartphones. Due to the difference in distribution mechanism on these platforms, they pose a regulatory challenge. Therefore, in the new technological world of convergence, we need to deliberate on the possible alignment of the regulatory regime keeping in mind the “multiple screens, same content” scenario.”

“At Trai, we are well aware of the challenges. Recently, we have received references from the government for OTT-based services and issues arising from convergence. Our experts explore these issues with a view to creating a level playing field between different service delivery mechanisms. Our goal will be to introduce a lightweight framework that irons out the inconsistencies created by technological breakthroughs. We cannot have a regulatory imbalance between the conventional technologies of yesteryear and the new technologies. Yet, at the same time, we must not stifle innovation and competition. At Trai, we believe in technology-neutral policies and regulations. The body also aims to introduce changes to its tariff order and interconnection regulations in accordance with its stated policy of “light regulations” and not to impose an undue burden on consumers. .

“Trai has observed the challenges facing the broadcast industry and we are trying to overcome the challenges by aligning our regulatory framework. Our recent consultation on pricing issues for TV channels (and bouquets) is the result of multiple discussions with each stakeholder group – broadcasters, multi-system operators, DTH players and local cable operators,” he said. he declares.

“Soon, we plan to issue amendments to the Rate Order and Interconnection Rule in accordance with our stated policy of light regulations.”

He added that the Trai expects the industry to respond with tariffs and prices that do not impose an undue burden on consumers. “I can assure you that if all service providers work consistently, Trai could take further steps to progress towards forbearance. In addition, we have also identified other relevant issues regarding network capacity charges. , multi-TV rebates and the distribution of revenue between different players. We are publishing another consultation document to address these issues also for consultation shortly. I am confident that through constant dialogue with all industry players , we will find solutions that will drive the growth of the broadcast industry,” he said.

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