The telecommunications regulator on Wednesday released a consultation paper to discuss pricing issues for SMS and cellular broadcast alerts broadcast through the Common Alerting Protocol (CAP) platform during disasters and non-disasters.
The telecom service only authorizes the free distribution of SMS and cell phones for a specific period of time and for events where a specific request for free messages emanates from specific nodal authorities. However, there are occasions when the government wishes to send alert messages to the public to warn of a possible disaster or occasions when the public needs to be notified of special events such as emergency dress / vaccines / medical camps / specific law and situations related to orders, etc. “Said regulator Trai in a statement.
The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) further stated that the latest consultation document was intended to seek stakeholder views on the tariff for SMS / cell broadcast broadcast by service providers. telecommunications through the CAP platform for disaster and non-disaster. It also aims to understand the technical aspects that may have an impact on the cost of the service.
“The Telecommunications Department has requested TRAI to provide tariffs for SMS and cell broadcast alerts / messages to be broadcast by telecom service providers through the CAP platform during disasters / non-disasters,” adds the communicated.
The regulator requested written comments by December 1 and counter comments by December 15, 2021.
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