The regulation will have impact on platforms like WhatsApp and Skype. RS Sharma added that the regulator has studied the European Electronic Communications Code. He also added that the regulator would keep global best practices in mind while formulating its opinion.
He said: "We have an open mind, like in all consultations where we follow a set process. By May-end we should be able to formulate our recommendation or regulation on the matter."
TRAI is holding an open house discussion on OTT issues in Bengaluru on Wednesday with plans to have a similar one in Delhi.
The consultation paper was issued last November on OTT services seeking to expand the definition of the sector and also the regulator’s jurisdiction over the sector. However, the present consultation paper is more focussed on OTT voice or communications services (OTTs) like WhatsApp, Facebook’s Messenger and similar Indian products like Hike.