ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Telecom: Migration to Unified Multiple-Service Licences

Telecommunications are witnessing the infusion of disruptive technologies. The convergence of computer, telecommunications and infrastructure for broadcasting is making information storage, distribution and use universally available and affordable. Against this background, the continuance of administratively separated service licences is anachronistic. However, the initial move of the TRAI to migrate only the basic, limited mobility and full mobility licences into the unified licence was not properly conceived. Fortunately, the TRAI has amended its consultation document to include NLD, ILD and Internet also. In the light of our own experience and more so that of other countries, we should now move all information services into a permissive unified licence with the simplest of conditions and lightest financial burdens.

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