TRAI Seeks Views On Framework To Regulate Cloud Service Providers
Fiber-optic cables connect data servers at the headquarters of a cloud service company. (Photographer: George Frey/Bloomberg)

TRAI Seeks Views On Framework To Regulate Cloud Service Providers

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The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India on Wednesday invited suggestions for a framework to set up an industry body for cloud service providers like Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, VMware and CtrlS.

TRAI in August 2017 had recommended that all cloud computing service providers in the country above a certain business threshold should become members of a cloud industry body that has to be registered with the Department of Telecom.

The TRAI recommendation came following a reference from the government under the National Digital Communications Policy 2018 which envisages the country becoming a global hub for cloud computing service.

The DoT has further sought detailed recommendations on framework for cloud industry bodies.

The regulator has sough public views on threshold parameters for companies to mandatorily become a member of the cloud industry body, fees that should be levied on members, governance structure, among others.

Last date for comments on the paper is Nov. 20 and for counter-comments it is Dec. 4, 2019.

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