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OSPAI is the OSP industry representative body An association of all Other Service Providers including BPOs / KPOs etc. Industry interface for the Government.

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2 OSPAI is the OSP industry representative body An association of all Other Service Providers including BPOs / KPOs etc. Industry interface for the Government bodies like DoT, STPI, TRAI, SEZ, DIT etc., for growth of Indias Services GDP especially under the category of Other Service Providers

3 Present & discuss the challenges of the industry with concerned Authorities in the Government and to facilitate policy changes Create awareness among our members regarding the: Emerging & Next Generation technology trends in Telecom & IT Sharing of Best Business Practices across industry

4 To collaborate with Department of Telecom, pertaining to issues like, but not limited to:- To establish strategic relationship with government, to help formulate best policies and practices to promote co-operation. Suggestions for simplifying the procedures of registration enabling faster registration of new OSPs Encourage and facilitate Work from Home for Call Centre Agents. To make the Call Centre set up technology neutral

5 Launch Of OSPAI at New Delhi on 11 th Aug 2008

6 Indian ITeS-BPO grew by 30 per cent in FY2008 to reach USD 11+ billion in aggregate revenue IT-BPO Direct employment in Indian ITeS- BPO crossed the 7 lacs mark, indirect job creation is estimated at about 2 million BPO services exports up by 30% (USD), is the fastest growing segment across software and services exports driven by scale as well as scope. Huge potential (USD 50 bn, + 2 mn additional direct jobs) to grow by ensuring competitive advantage for India through Regulations in line with Global trends Leverage infrastructure for domestic operations * Sources Nasscom

7 1) The concept of agent positions working from Home has been introduced. 2) The restriction of 10% outgoing PSTN lines in a Domestic Call Centre (DCC) and submission of associated Bank Guarantee of Rs.10 Lakhs has been dispensed with. 3) The amount of Bank Guarantee has been reduced in cases of resources sharing between International OSP and Domestic OSP. 4) Standalone OSP centres have been been merged with the Domestic OSPs category

8 5) Definition of Telecom Resources has been expanded. 6) Documents required to be submitted along with the application form has been simplified. 7) A single application form for registration of OSP and uniform format for registration certificate to be issued by all VTM units to avoid discrepancies and eventually making the process online, have been prescribed

9 Mr. S.V. Ramana, President Mr. N.L. Verma, Secretary General Mr. Sanjay Diwan, Vice President Mr. Sanjay Prasad, Vice President Mr. P.V. Ramadas, Treasurer Mr. Jitesh Midha, Executive Member Ms. Archana Sasan, Executive Member Mr. Manish Dewan, Executive Member Mr. Sunil Cherian, Executive Member Mr. Dinesh K. Shiv, Executive Member

10 N L Verma Secretary General S V Ramana President Sanjay Diwan Vice President Sanjay Prasad Vice President P V Ramadas Treasurer

11 OSPAI Members

12 1) Return of BGs submitted earlier to DoT for Rs 10 Lacs towards compliance to 10% of lines be outgoing out of total PSTN lines incase of DCC and finalization of operational mechanism for replacement of old BGs of Rs 2.5 Cr and Rs 5.0 Cr for sharing of seats/PBX between ICC & DCC with new BGs of Rs 0.5 Cr and Rs 1.0 Cr 2) Submission of network diagram being mandated by certain VTMs when the same is not required at the time of initial application 3) Prior approvals are not be required for change of Location / Change of floor of OSP, only intimation is required. However this is not followed. 4)Audit of existing call center before processing an application for a new call center be dispensed with 5) Problems related to usage of foreign IP addresses. (As per some of the VTM only IP Address provided by APNIC should be used). Use of foreigner IP addresses should be allowed (including customer extended IPs) 6) Problem Created by several VTMs in regard to getting Signatures on every page of memorandum and article of an association. 7) Speedy implementation of on line OSP registration 8) Different VTMs interpret the OSP guidelines differently 9) Readiness of BG for Work From Recommendation : In a view to clarify / resolve open operational issues; we request DoT to setup a monthly meeting involving all VTMs with OSP.

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14 Work From Home: Current Policy The concept of Extended Agent Position (Work From Home) is permitted with the following conditions: (i) The OSP operator shall submit a security deposit of Rs.5 crores with an agreement envisaging to meet certain obligations like exclusive use of home agent, all responsibility to be borne by OSP etc. (ii) The agents at home shall be treated as Extended Agent Position of the call centre and interconnection is permitted through authorised service Providers Provisioned (secured) VPN (PPVPN) which have pre defined locations i.e. home of the agents and OSP centre as VPN sites. Over and above PPVPN, the OSP may use their own security mechanism like Authentication, Authorization and Accounting. Such work from home facility shall be limited to the SSA of the OSP Centre and adjoining SSAs. (iii) The Authority shall have the right to carry out periodic / surprise inspections of such establishments.

15 Issue: Very High bank Guarantee; Rs. 5 Crores per registration Suggested changes: Reduction of BG to Rs. 1 Crore per company Issue: Restriction of coverage area to Secondary Switching Area (SSA) and adjoining SSA Suggested changes: Permit ICC agents to work from home, anywhere in India Issue: Work From Agents interconnection permitted only through VPN (PP VPN), PSTN not permitted Suggested changes: Permit interconnection through PSTN based Voice-over VPN service, as penetration of broad band in far flung areas is low and unstable Issue: No Proof-of-concept (PoC) allowed without BG Suggested changes: Allow OSPs to run PoC with Service Providers for a limited period (say 6 months) after informing DoT, but without the need for BG. Production to start post BG only. Work From Home: Issues/Challenges & Suggested changes

16 Work from Home – Voice VPN services Already approved with Bank Guarantee of Rs. 5 Crores No Connectivity between domestic PBX and OSP Call Center PBX (or with logical partitioning)

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18 The current OSP Policy only allows sharing of PBX between ICC and DCC with logical partition & BG Issue: ICC OSP community has to make high Capital investments for a separate PBX, phones, cables, LAN infrastructure for call centre and normal PSTN use $200,000 for a 1000 seater facility A non environment friendly IT resulting huge e-waste and global warming in long term. Unable to compete with other countries like China, Philippines where single EPABX/other IT infrastructure is permitted. Suggested changes: Permit sharing of single EPABX and other related IT infrastructure between ICC and domestic PSTN use with Bang Guarantee of INR 1 Crore for one company, with out the need for DCC.

19 How separation will be achieved? There would be no call connectivity whatsoever between the International Call Center partition and the normal Office partition on the PBX A Single phone with dual buttons (one for ICC and the other for PSTN - normal PBX) will be deployed per agent location Compliance to NLD / ILD bypass through logical partitioning Calls cannot be conference/transferred/forwarded between the ICC partition and the PSTN partition

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21 1.Permit interconnections of any two international OSPs Current Policy : International OSPs of same company/group company is permitted to interconnect their networks. Issue : International OSPs not belonging to same group company are not permitted to connect to each others network within India for data/voice connectivity. This is resulting in expensive connectivity costs Loss of benefits like call overflow, BCP situation etc. Suggested Changes : Permit interconnect of any two international OSPs networks with-in India with-out any restrictions. 2.Permit interconnections of any two Domestic OSPs Current Policy : Domestic OSPs of same company/group company is permitted to interconnect their networks. Issue : Domestic OSPs not belonging to same group company are not permitted to connect to each others network within India for data/voice connectivity. This is resulting in expensive connectivity costs Loss of benefits like call overflow, BCP situation etc. Suggested Changes : Permit interconnect of any two Domestic OSPs networks with-in India with-out any restrictions.

22 3a.Permit interconnections between ICC and Client offices with-in India. Current Policy : International OSPs of same company/group company are only permitted to interconnect their networks. Issue : International OSP and customer office in India are not permitted to connect to each others network for use of customers international bandwidth by an who is ICC providing services This is resulting in expensive connectivity costs Loss of benefits like call overflow, BCP situation etc Slow application response for certain cases Suggested Changes : Permit International OSPs to connect to their customer network within India for data/voice connectivity to Access customers applications / systems in India as well as Abroad through customers International connectivity.

23 ICC and Customer Connectivity

24 3b.Permit data interconnections between ICC/DCC and its contracted 3 rd party company with-in India. Current Policy : International/Domestic OSPs of same company/group company are only permitted to interconnect their networks. This helps in providing services at lower cost This will facilitate industry to be more competitive Suggested Changes : Permit OSPs to connect to outsource data work to 3 rd party providers ( e.g. data entry operators ).

25 3 rd Party company may not require OSP registration

26 3c.Permit voice/data interconnections between ICC/DCC and its contracted 3 rd party companies with-in India. Current Policy : International / Domestic OSPs of same company/group company are only permitted to interconnect their networks. This helps in providing services at lower cost This will facilitate industry to be more competitive Suggested Changes : Permit OSPs to connect to outsourced work to 3 rd party providers ( e.g. collections agents).

27 3rd Party company may not require OSP registration (3 rd Party)

28 1. Clarity / Permitting of Foreign Telecom Service Providers having channel partner agreement with Indian Authorised TSP, to provision bandwidth to OSPs, with Indian TSP approving network diagram. 2. Permit seamless integration of India PSTN with leased lines (TDM / VoIP), since ADC is abolished, to boost Indian Service Industry; i.e. full Convergence/Unified Communications

29 In a view to review policy matters towards promoting industry growth and strengthen the industry to compete effectively; we recommend quarterly steering committee meeting with all stake holders.

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