New Delhi: Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) said on 13 April that cable landing station facilities, which are owned by few operators, should be opened up for other international long-distance (ILD) operators, a move which will boost competition in the bandwidth-connectivity segment.
The proposed regulation would enable timely provision of international bandwidth connectivity at cable landing stations in a fair, equitable, transparent and equitable manner to ILD operators and Internet Service Providers (ISPs), the regulator said.
The access to cable-landing stations by other licensees is necessary for creating a conducive environment and boosting competition in the international bandwidth connectivity/leased circuits segment.
The proposed regulation would induce strong competition in the sector, which would lead to reduction in the price of international private leased circuits, Trai added.
It would also provide international bandwidth at competitive price to ISPs for rapid growth of broadband services besides giving Ild operators an opportunity to install their own submarine cables.
There should not be any restriction on Cable Landing Stations, which is essential for telecom facilities, the regulator said.
The operators, who have acquired capacity in a submarine cable system from foreign carriers or International Telecom carriers, are facing problems while accessing such capacity at the cable landing station of an existing operator, it said.
A number of submarine cables are landing or terminating in India at cable landing stations operated and managed by few ILDOs and access to these stations by other licensees is necessary for creating a conducive environment.
TRAI in December, 2005, had made recommendations to the Department of Telecom on ‘Measures to Promote Competition in International Private Leased Circuits in India´, which was accepted by the department.
The government also amended the relevant clauses in ILD service license to ensure efficient, transparent and non-discriminatory access facilities for submarine cables at Cable Landing Stations.
The telecom regulator said that there was a need for standard/published access facilitation agreement, which can be used by new service providers to avail international submarine cable facility.
In the absence of such a proposed regulation, there is a scope for delay in the provisioning of access to the capacity acquired by the competing operators from ILDOs who own the landing stations, TRAI said.