Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI), on the January 01, 2018 has issued "The Telecommunication Interconnection Regulations, 2018" comprising of regulations on important aspects of interconnection e.g. interconnection agreement, provisioning of initial interconnection and augmentation of Points of Interconnection (POIs), interconnection charges, disconnection of POIs and financial disincentive on interconnection matters. These regulations shall apply over all the service providers offering telecommunication services in India. These regulations shall come into effect from the February 01, 2018.
Through these regulations, the Authority has mandated that every service provider shall, within thirty (30) days of receipt of request from a service provider, enter into interconnection agreement, on non-discriminatory basis, with such service provider. The Authority has also laid down a framework for provisioning and augmentation of ports at POIs, which stipulates a step-by-step process for provisioning of ports at POIs.
For any information/clarification Mr. Arvind Kumar, Advisor (BB&PA), TRAI, New Delhi may be contacted at Tel. No. 011-23220209.
[Press Release No. 02/2018]