Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud, Microsoft, IBM Join Hands Against TRAI’s New Rules

Cloud service providers like Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud, Microsoft, VMWare and IBM, are planning to join hands against telecom regulator TRAI’s recommendations to increase oversight on the sector.

According to the proposed rules, TRAI had recommended telecom service providers to compulsorily become members of an industry body under the Department of Telecommunication (DoT). It also suggested that telecom companies will not be allowed to provide any infrastructure to any cloud service provider who declines to join the new grouping.

The cloud companies are now planning to petition the department of telecom (DoT) through industry groupings — National Association of Software and Service Companies (NASSCOM) and Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI).

NASSCOM had in its reply to TRAI’s initial recommendations, said that the proposed regulation was over and above the “existing regime”. “It indicates that the DoT would likely exercise regulatory control over CSPs indirectly through the industry bodies,” it said.

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