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Seeking Inputs: TRAI Consultation Paper on Review of Scope of Infrastructure Providers Category-I (IP-I) Registration

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has published a consultation paper on the review of scope of Infrastructure Provider Category-1 (IP) registration. The objective of the consultation paper is to seek public comments on the enhancement of IP 1 registration scope for promoting and incentivizing the deployment of common sharable, passive as well as active infrastructure. As per the current regulatory framework, the IP1 registration can provide passive infrastructure such as Dark Fibers, Right of Way, Duct space and Towers on lease/ rent out/sale basis only to licensed telecom service providers as per the mutually agreed terms and condition. However the creation and sharing of active infrastructure is limited only to licensed telecom service providers. Following are the key ques...

TRAI Open House Consultation on Regulatory Framework for Over the Top (OTT) Communication Services on 24th April 2019, Bangalore

Pursuant to the Consultation Paper on Regulatory Framework for Over the Top (OTT) Communication Services published by Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) earlier this year, the telecom regulator is now holding a open house discussion in Bangalore on 24th April 2019 to understand stakeholders view. For those interested in participating can register themselves here https://main.trai.gov.in/online-registration?id=97165  . NASSCOM had previously shared its feedback to TRAI on this matter. The same can be accessed from here Regards Policy Team

Seeking Inputs: TRAI Consultation Paper on Review of Terms and Conditions for registration of Other Service Providers (OSPs)

The Telecom Regularity Authority of India  (TRAI) has recently published a consultation paper on registration of Other Service Providers (OSPs). The consultation paper aims to obtain views from the stakeholders on the review of the current OSP registration mechanism and its associated requirements including definition of application services, documentation requirement, interconnectivity, work from home provisions etc. NASSCOM over the years has been advocating  for the need to relook at the current OSP registration framework in the light of changing technological landscape and business requirements. We are hopeful that this consultation process will help in addressing the industry long pending asks. The last date for sending comments to TRAI is 29th April 2019 and for counter comments is 1...

Policy Update: Supreme Court ruling on Basic Wage for the purpose of PF Contribution

Ruling: The SC has in its judgement dated February 28, 2019 ruled that only allowances which are variable in nature or which are not paid to workers across the board or category, could be excluded from the definition of ‘basic wages’ for the purpose of PF contribution. Merely separating the allowances into different names and keeping them out of the basic wage and dearness allowance in the wage breakup, would not result in exclusion of such wages for the purpose of determining the amount of PF contribution. The ruling sets aside the ambiguities in the law to now give certainty to what qualifies as basic wages for the purpose of deducting PF contribution. The present ruling is on cases going back to 2011. New: The ruling is not completely new. It in-fact reiterates some of the rulings of a ...

Policy Submission: NASSCOM comments on strengthening the Competition Law

Dear Members, The Government of India earlier this year constituted a Competition Law Review Committee under the Chairmanship of Secretary, Ministry of Corporate Affairs, to review the Competition Act, 2002 (Act) with the following terms of reference: To review the Competition Act/ Rules/ Regulations, in view of changing business environment and bring necessary changes, if required; To look into international best practices in the competition fields, especially anti-trust laws, merger guidelines and handling cross border competition issues; To study other regulatory regimes/ institutional mechanisms/ government policies which overlap with the Competition Act; Any other matters related to competition issue and considered necessary by the Committee.   Given Competition is critical piece...

Seeking Inputs: TRAI Consultation Paper on Regulatory Framework for Over-The-Top (OTT) communication Services

Dear All,   TRAI has released a consultation paper on the regulatory framework  for Over the Top (OTT) communication Services .   The last date for sending comments is 10th December, we shall be grateful if you could share your feedback /inputs with us latest by 30th November, for us to make a timely submission.  Kindly send your inputs at policyquery@nasscom.in   Link to the consultation paper: https://www.trai.gov.in/sites/default/files/CPOTT12112018_0.pdf   We look forward to your response. Policy Team

Policy Submission: NASSCOM Feedback on the Draft Karnataka Maternity Benefits (Amendment) Rules 2018

Dear Members, The Government of Karnataka last month published the draft Maternity Benefits (Amendment) Rules 2018 relating to the Creche facility. The rules are applicable to every commercial establishment in Karnataka with 50 or more employees. NASSCOM earlier sought responses from the industry and submitted its feedback (as attached) to the Government highlighting the industry concerns on provisions related to requirement of setting up Creche facilities on Ground floor, distance criteria, open air playground, multiple Crèche facilities etc.  A copy of our submission is attached for your kind reference.   Kindly write to us at policyquery@nasscom.in should you require any further information / clarification. Draft Rules can be accessed from here:  http://labour.kar.nic.in/labour/Meternit...