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TRAI releases consultation paper on Next Generation Networks

13-January-2006
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TRAI releases consultation paper on Next Generation Networks

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) on Thursday released a consultation paper on ‘Issues Pertaining to Next Generation Telecom Networks’ seeking comments of stakeholders for arriving at recommendations and enabling migration to Next Generation Networks (NGN). TRAI explains this as the ‘next step’ to the recently announced consultation paper on ‘Convergence and Competition’.

“The key aspects of the NGNs are that they enable access through a variety of networks, and because they are based on IP technology, they not only offer much cheaper bandwidth, but also make available a wide variety of services. NGN promises to provide a number of significant benefits and opportunities both for service providers and end-users by providing new innovative services and applications through a common platform,” the telecom regulator said.

As per the present legal framework, telecom operators can migrate to NGNs by licencing themselves as ISPs and by registering as cable TV operators with simple entry conditions. Operators in many developed countries like UK, Japan, Singapore, Holland, Italy and Hong Kong have initiated the process of migration towards NGN.

The main emphasis in the consultation paper is on various technical and regulatory issues with a view to facilitate the migration to NGN in case the industry decides to adopt this technology within the existing legal framework.

It also deals with the core network and transport part of telecom systems, highlighting various issues related to Next Generation Networks like relevance and timing for transition to NGN, regulatory and technical issues as well as migration related issues.

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