WhatsApp, Zoom and Google, Telecom Apps To Need Licence To Operate In India

Internet data-based calling and messaging apps like WhatsApp, Zoom, Skype, Google Duo, and more will soon have to get a licence to operate in India, as per the latest Telecommunication Bill 2022.

WhatsApp, Zoom and Google, Telecom Apps To Need Licence To Operate

Online Calling and Messaging Apps To Need Licence To Operate In India

According to the Telecommunication Bill 2022, all OTT platform apps are categorised as part of telecommunication services.

“For the provision of Telecommunication Services and Telecommunication Networks, an entity shall have to obtain a licence”, read the draft bill issued on Wednesday.

The government has found a way through the bill to penalise or waive charges from Internet and telecom services providers. Moreover, the Government has also proposed regulations for reimbursement of fees if a service provider surrenders the licence to operate.

“Seeking your views on the draft Indian Telecom Bill 2022”, Telecom Minister wrote on a social media upload while sharing the link to the draft bill.

The last date to receive public comment regarding the bill is October 20.

Central Government may “waive in part or full any fee, including entry fees, licence fees, registrations fees or any other fees or charges, interest, additional charges or penalty” for the licence holders or service providers as per telecom rules, said the draft.

“The bill proposes to exempt “press messages that are intended to be published in India” of correspondents accredited to the central or state government from interception”, mentioned NDTV.

Nevertheless, the exemption will not be granted in case of “any public emergency or in the interest of the public safety, sovereignty, integrity or security of India, friendly relations with foreign states, public order, or to prevent incitement to an offence”, said the draft.

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In these types of cases, “any message or class of messages, to or from any person or class of persons, or relating to any particular subject, brought for transmission by, or transmitted or received by any telecommunication services or telecommunication network, shall not be transmitted, or shall be intercepted or detained or disclosed” to the authority wielding officer, as per the draft.

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