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Muhammed Ashik M I, MBA 2014-16, Vinod Gupta School of Management, IIT Kharagpur.
The Indian mobile service providers are planning to charge their subscribers separately for using applications in mobile device. Airtel already has decided to charge standard rates for using Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) through their service. So the Airtel customers will have to pay extra if they are making calls through Skype, Viber or any other application. All the existing data packages will be available only for browsing the data through internet. Also the Mobile operators demand the over the top (OTT) players like Whatsapp, Line, Skype should be brought under regulation.
In a recent letter to Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) Chairman Rahul Khullar, Satpathy, an MP from Odisha representing the BJD, backed the concept of net neutrality. Net neutrality ensures that the telecom operators can treat all the data on the internet equally and not impose differential pricing or discriminate among users, content sites, platforms and applications.
The Net neutrality campaign gets enough momentum in social media platform now. AIB has come up with a video last week, which clearly gives the idea of this campaign. Now the people are more aware about these issues and we can see lot of petition filing links in the internet. According to my opinion, if the service providers are going forward with this differential pricing strategy in telecom sector, will definitely restrict the people to access internet frequently. There is a threat hidden behind this, which may directly affect our country’s growth.