Prasad has slammed Free Basics saying such differential pricing modes are "plainly not acceptable" and Internet should not become a monopoly of few.
The development comes on the back of Reliance Communications' decision to make Facebook's Free Basics platform a paid one.
The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) will focus on two other aspects of net neutrality going forward – throttling and fast lanes, Chairman RS Sharma said.
“With Digital India, we are seeking to empower the people of India by the use of technology to create a knowledge economy,” Prasad told ET.
We are very happy with this recommendation, which is basically a tariff issue about differential pricing. Tariff is within the jurisdiction of Trai.
Trai cited licence conditions and said service providers can’t enter into any pact that has effect of discriminatory tariffs for data services being offered on basis of content.
The regulator’s order will be in the form of a regulation which does not need to be cleared by the government.
India’s No. 2 telco is trying to be “battle ready” to counter the competitive threat posed by new entrant Reliance Jio Infocomm, besides rivals Bharti Airtel and Idea Cellular.
Samsung is aiming to be the top multinational company in India by revenue by the end of the fiscal year through March 2017,
Ravi Shankar Prasad has said that resolving the issue of call drops is top priority, and that while the government is willing to take 10 steps towards the telecom industry, the latter must walk 20 steps forward.
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