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TRAI Recommends Regulatory Sandbox for Digital Communication Sector

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has recently unveiled its recommendations on “Encouraging Innovative Technologies, Services, Use Cases, and Business Models through Regulatory Sandbox in Digital Communication Sector”. These recommendations come in the wake of rapid technological advancements in areas such as 5G/6G, Machine to Machine Communications, Artificial Intelligence, the Internet of Things, and Virtual Reality.

The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) had initiated this process by requesting TRAI’s recommendations for a regulatory sandbox framework to foster innovation in the digital communication industry. Following this directive, TRAI published a Consultation Paper (CP) on June 19, 2023, seeking feedback from stakeholders.

The concept of Regulatory Sandbox (RS) allows for real-time but regulated access to telecom network and customer resources, enabling the testing of new ideas in live networks. This approach, already established in many countries, aims to encourage entrepreneurs to develop solutions for the digital communication industry.

In line with this, the Central Government introduced provisions in the Telecommunication Act’ 2023 to create regulatory sandboxes for promoting innovation in the telecom sector. Additionally, guidelines were issued by the DoT on 11.03.2024 to establish and operate ‘Spectrum Regulatory Sandbox’ (SRS) or ‘WiTe Zones (Wireless Test Zones)’ for R&D activities in emerging radio communications technologies.

The final recommendations by TRAI outline a comprehensive framework for conducting Sandbox testing in the Digital Communication sector. This framework includes eligibility criteria for participants, application procedures, evaluation and approval processes, validity periods, and reporting requirements. Notably, Indian companies or research institutes meeting specific conditions can apply for regulatory sandbox testing.

Furthermore, the framework emphasizes the security of networks and customer protection, requiring applicants to propose risk mitigation safeguards, consumer protection mechanisms, and exit strategies. It also incorporates provisions for funding support under the Digital Bharat Nidhi for innovations aimed at bridging the digital divide.

Overall, the recommended Regulatory Sandbox framework is expected to provide startups in the Digital Communication industry with access to real network environments for testing new applications. By fostering collaboration among various stakeholders, including innovators, startups, telecommunications companies, and regulators, these recommendations aim to accelerate innovation and the startup ecosystem in the digital communication sector.

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