TRAI okays Reference cable landing rates of RCom, VSNL, Bharti

TRAI okays Reference cable landing rates of RCom, VSNL, Bharti

New Delhi: TRAI has approved the Reference Interconnect Offer (RIO) of the three undersea cable owners - Reliance, Bharti and VSNL, paving the way for long distance operators and Internet Service Providers to access the trios’ cable landing systems at competitive rates.

The three undersea cable station owners were asked by TRAI to submit the Cable Landing Station - Reference Interconnect Offer,’ containing the terms and conditions, charges and time limit for providing access.

A senior TRAI official said in the absence of a regulation, there is a scope for non-provisioning of access by these players to the bandwidth users like ISPs, ILDOs and other corporate users while adding the reference RIO would act as a guidance between the cable landing station owners and the prospective users.

Now, TRAI has approved the RIO of four cable landing stations of VSNL in the country and one each of Bharti and Anil Ambani’s Reliance. Currently, there are six cable landing stations, of which four are controlled by the Tata-managed VSNL. Bharti and Reliance have a landing station each in Chennai and Mumbai respectively.

A VSNL spokesperson said: “ TRAI has approved the RIO of various cable station owners. India has several submarine cable systems landing in the country and the market for international connectivity is already competitive. It is unlikely that the cable landing system access regulation will have any major impact in the market."

TRAI had recommended cable landing system access in 2005. The interconnection related regulation came in May this year.