Internet Service Providers Association of India

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ISPAIndia.JPG
Type: Non-profit
Industry: Internet
Founded: 1998
Founder(s): Rajeev Arora
R Ramaraj
Dr. V K Garg
Amitabh Singhal
Saumendra Mohanty
Vishnu Arya
Vijay K. Gupta
Rajesh Chharia
Moin Kagazi
Headquarters: 612- A, Chiranjiv Tower,

43, Nehru Place, New Delhi

Country: India
Website: www.ispai.in
Key People
Rajesh Chharia, President
Satya N. Gupta, Vice-president

The Internet Service Providers Association of India is an organization that represents the interests of Internet Service Providers (ISPs) in India by participating and working closely with the Indian government in shaping the telecommunication policies in India as well as with international organizations involved in the growth and development of the Internet, such as ICANN. It was founded in 1998 by several Internet stakeholders in India.[1]

Mission

The main objective of the association is to promote the use of Internet and broadband to everybody in India.[2] It also aimed to achieve the objectives for 2010, such as:

  • Establishment of 20 million broadband and 40 million Internet connections
  • Generate employment opportunities
  • Provide an Internet platform to enhance the country's IT and IT enabled software services and achieve the $80 billion IT development target
  • Create a growth oriented and profitable environment for the country's Internet industry
  • Coordinate and Partner with national and international organizations regarding the best practices and latest technologies in the industry

Achievements

One of the significant achievements of the Internet Service Providers Association of India is the establishment of the National Internet Exchange of India (NIXI) to facilitate the neutral exchange of Internet traffic between ISPs in the country.[3] It also initiated policy developments benefiting the ISPs, such as the waiver for interconnect fee, removal of 8 Mbps bandwidth on international gateways, privatization of international gateways using foreign satellites and the provisioning of infrastructure facilities to ISPs, the adoption of a self-regulatory conduct accepted and followed by the members of the association, and many others.[4]

Internet Service Providers Association India and ICANN

In 2006, the association expressed its concern regarding the scarcity of IPv4 name space, which threatened the growth of the Internet in India. When ICANN and IANA announced their proposal to allocate a sufficient number of IPv6 address space to RIRs for a minimum of 36 months instead of 18 months to support their registration needs, the Internet Service Providers Association of India strongly supported the plan.[5]

Rajesh Chharia, president of Internet Service Providers Association of India, recently expressed his support regarding the ICANN Board's approval on the increase of gTLD's extensions during the ICANN Meeting in Singapore. Chharia said that the decision will benefit the entire Internet community, not just companies, but also regions and cities that will be able to use more relevant domain name extensions.[6]

Some of the Executive Council members of the association are active participants in the activities and meetings of ICANN; including, Naresh Ajwani, who serves as representative of India to ICANN's Address Supporting Organization (ASO) and to the Number Resource Organization (NRO),[7] and Brajesh Jain is also an active participant to ICANN meetings,[8] ISOC, APNIC, and APRICOT.

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