|Internet calling Apps like WhatsApp, Zoom, Skype may soon need Telecom Licence |
NEW DELHI, Sept 22: Apps like Whatsapp, Zoom, Skype and Google Duo which provide calling and messaging services may soon require licences to operate in the country, according to the draft telecommunication bill 2022.
The draft bill has included OTT Apps as part of the telecommunication service.
"For provision of Telecommunication Services and Telecommunication Networks, an entity shall have to obtain a license," the draft bill released on Wednesday evening said.
The government in the bill has proposed a provision to waive fees and penalty of telecom and internet service providers.
The ministry has also proposed a provision for the refund of fees in case a telecom or internet provider surrenders his license.
"Seeking your views on the draft Indian Telecom Bill 2022," Telecom Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw said in a post on a social media platform in which he also shared the link of the draft bill.
The last date for public comment on the draft is October 20.
According to the draft, the central government may, "waive in part or full any fee, including entry fees, license fees, registrations fees or any other fees or charges, interest, additional charges or penalty" for any licence holder or registered entity under the telecom rules.