TRAI’s new regulatory framework for TV broadcast sector kicks in

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India has announced that its regulatory framework for broadcasting and cable TV service provided through addressable systems, which include the Direct to Home (DTH) Systems, Cable TV Systems provided through Digital Addressable Systems (DAS), Head-end In The Sky (HITS) and Internet Protocol TV (IPTV), will come into force from the 3rd of Juy 2018.

featured-image-trai-framework-tv-broadcasters-mediabriefDotComThe regulatory framework comprises of the Tariff Order, Interconnection (Addressable Systems) Regulations, and the Telecommunication (Broadcasting and Cable) Services Standards of Quality of Service and Consumer Protection .

Trai announced that having complied with the judicial mandates in the matter, the Telecommunication (Broadcasting and Cable) Services (Eighth) (Addressable Systems) Tariff Order, 2017 and the Telecommunication (Broadcasting and Cable) Interconnection (Addressable Systems) Regulations, 2017 as upheld by the Hon’ble Madras High Court and the Telecommunication (Broadcasting and Cable) Services Standards of Quality of Service and Consumer Protection (Addressable Systems) Regulations, all service providers are required to comply with all the provisions of the regulations and tariff order afresh.

Important activities and TRAI timelines:

  1. The Telecommunication (Broadcasting and Cable) Services (Eighth) (Addressable Systems) Tariff Order, 2017: Declaration of MRP and nature of Channels by Broadcasters within 60 days; Declaration of Network Capacity fee and Distribution Retail Price (DRP) by Distributors (DPO) within 180 days; Reporting by Broadcasters within 120 days;
  2. The Telecommunication (Broadcasting and Cable) Interconnection (Addressable Systems) Regulations, 2017: Publication of Reference Interconnect Offer (RIO) by Broadcasters within 60 days; Publication of Reference Interconnect Offer (RIO) by Distributors within 60 days; Signing of the interconnection agreements within 150 days;
  3. The Telecommunication (Broadcasting and Cable) Services Standards of Quality of Service and Consumer Protection (Addressable Systems) Regulations, 2017: Migration of the subscribers to the new framework within 180 days; Establishment of Customer Care Centre, Website, Consumer Care Channel and Publication of Manual of Practice within 120 days.
  4. The Authority is of the view that implementation of the new regulatory framework will bring in transparency, enable provisioning of affordable broadcasting and cable TV services for the consumer and at the same time, would lead to an orderly growth of the sector.
(The Regulations and Tariff Orders are available on TRAI website www.trai.gov.in)

Leave a Reply