TRAI Specifies Access Facilitation Charges for Submarine Cable Landing Stations
INVC,, Delhi,, The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has today released ‘The International Telecommunication Cable Landing Stations Access Facilitation Charges and Co-Location Charges Regulations, 2012’. Access Facilitation Charges (AFC) are the charges, which are payable by International Long Distance Operators (ILDO)/ Internet Service Providers (ISP) to the owner of the cable landing station to access the acquired international bandwidth in a submarine cable. Submarine cables provide vital international telecommunication links between countries across the world. Submarine cables terminate in the country through cable landing stations. TRAI issued ‘International Telecommunication Access to Essential Facility at Cable Landing Station Regulations’ on 7th June, 2007. In 2007, with approval of the Authority owner of cable landing stations published the AFC (a) when access is provided at Cable Landing Station and (b) At alternate location when space is not available at CLS. With a view to align AFC with current cost and utilization, TRAI issued consultation paper on 22nd March, 2012. On the basis of cost data submitted by service providers, TRAI estimated Access Facilitation Charges and issued a consultation paper on “Estimation of Access Facilitation Charges and Co-location Charges at Cable Landing Stations” on 19th October, 2012 for further comments/counter comments of stakeholders.