Telecom Interconnection Regulations 2018

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TRAI issues interconnectivity rules; fixes 30-day deadline for inking pacts | Business Line

Telecom regulator TRAI today mandated service providers to enter into interconnection agreement “on non-discriminatory basis” within 30 days of receiving network connectivity request from another operator.

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) today issued the ‘Telecom Interconnection Regulations 2018’ that comprises rules for crafting network connectivity agreements, provisioning of such connectivity amongst operators at initial stages, augmentation of Points of Interconnect, applicable rates or charges, disconnection of ports and financial disincentive on interconnection issues. The rules will come into effect from February 1, 2018.

The regulations will apply to all the service providers offering telecom services in India, TRAI said in a statement. “Through these regulations, the authority has mandated that every service provider shall, within thirty days of receipt of request from a service provider, enter into interconnection agreement on non-discriminatory basis, with such service provider,” Trai added.