Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) introduced some changes in the operation of fixed networks and national long distance networks (NLD). The new rules aim to facilitate interconnectivity between two fixed networks or between fixed networks and national long distance networks. According to an industry observer, these new trai rules will bring convenience and clarity for fixed line operators. At the same time, it will also focus on areas such as the closure of interconnection points in the event of service disruption in a short-haul charging zone.
Mutual agreement necessary for network lines
Explaining the recently introduced changes, Trai said that in a service area, the location of the points of interconnection for a call between a fixed network and a national long distance network or two fixed networks will be fixed at a place which is mutually agreed. by the requestor and the interconnection provider.
For the ignorant, the term “interconnection” refers to the technical and commercial arrangements in which telecommunications operators connect their network, equipment and services so that their customers can access the subscribers of another operator’s network.
But it may happen that the two parties do not reach a mutual agreement. In such a case, the location of the interconnection point will become the Long Distance Charging Center (LDCC). Trai added: “In such a case, the transport charges for the transport of calls from LDCC to SDCC (short haul pricing centers) and vice versa, if applicable, will be paid by the interconnection requestor to the supplier of the interconnection. ‘interconnection.
As for the existing call points between the fixed network and the national long distance network or two fixed networks, they can remain operational for a minimum of five years unless the network managers decide by mutual agreement to want to close the points, then it will be closed.
Trai said: “The existing PoI at SDCC level, for calls between PSTN (Public Switched Telephone Network) and PSTN or between PSTN and NLD can be closed if the services of one of the interconnected service providers are interrupted in this SDCA (short – Remote charging zone).