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ICC Submission TRAI Consulation 2016

ICC comments to the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India consulation on cloud computing.

This submission will share global business views on the benefits of cloud computing and offer policy considerations for TRAI as it aims to facilitate and promote the adoption of cloud services in India.

Following the invitation by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) to send written comments to the consultation paper released on 10 June 2016 on cloud computing, ICC takes this opportunity to share global business perspectives on the topics addressed in the consultation. In this context, this submission will share global business views on the benefits of cloud computing and offer policy considerations for TRAI as it aims to facilitate and promote the adoption of cloud services in India.

As today’s technological advances continue to develop in a more dynamic environment, transforming historic business and network models, ICC believes that only flexible, globally compatible, and industry-driven policies will continue to fuel innovation and increase the societal and economic benefits of the digital economy.

In order to capture the unique and crucial opportunities of cloud computing ICC urges proper assessment of both the potential benefits and risks of cloud and their implications for innovation, efficiency, privacy and security and recommends efforts to ensure better understanding of which polices may create unintended consequences, or act as unnecessary barriers or constraints to innovation or technology use.

Taxation of cloud computing is a complex area which is beyond the scope of this comment letter. Nevertheless, ICC wishes to highlight that tax uncertainty inhibits trade and investment and should therefore be avoided. ICC considers public-private partnerships as crucial to facilitating the research, leadership, and governance required to advance an overarching Internet of everything vision and remains available to work with to the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India as they continue to define practical, optimally effective policies to reap the full benefits of cloud computing