Foreign apps generating large data volume should pay for telecom network: C-DEP President

New Delhi, November 23, 2023.

Foreign apps generating large volumes of data should contribute to the building of telecom networks as it will create the right structure in the market, a senior official of think tank C-DEP said.

Technology industry veteran and President of Centre for Digital Economy Policy Research Jaijit Bhattacharya told PTI that he favours net neutrality principles and the situation at present is to democratise access to the internet in a manner that those who consume less should not be made to subsidise the cost of service that is being consumed others.

“The key large data generators are all non-Indians. They are either American or Chinese. I think, from a policy perspective, it makes a lot of sense to make sure that they contribute to the network on which they are riding and generate billions of dollars in revenues, while pushing on networks into a state where they may not be financially viable after a few more rounds of capital investment,” he said.