Country’s telecom regulator TRAI is organizing Customer Outreach Programmes in different parts of the country. These programmes are primarily intended to outreach to the customers, industry bodies, State Govt., various government bodies, CAGs and TSPs. Details of venue, date for the programme to be organized in Mirzapur (UP) along with contact person and telephone number is as under:
As the DTH operators have entered the TRAI Tariff Order war, the Delhi high court on May 12 sought response from the telecom TRAI over a challenge to its tariff order by Tata Sky, which submitted before the court that TRAI’s regulations were excessive and in violation of the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India Act, 1997.
The telecom regulator TRAI has extended the last date of receiving comments on the Pre-Consultation Paper on ‘Ease of Doing Business’ in broadcasting sector. Now stakeholders can send their comments until 19th May 2017.
While most of the MSOs as well broadcasters started uploading RIO on their respective websites from due date May 2, and Star India itself did it on 8 May just before the case hearing in the Supreme Court, the telecom regulator TRAI was asked by the SC not to notify the Tariff Order, though it allowed the regulator to go ahead with the consultation process of draft tariff order and interconnect regulations for the broadcast sector.
Telecom operators usually offer free attractive call rates to their customers if they apply for porting to rival operators. But now the telecom regulator TRAI has decided to look into the complaints about operators offering customised retention offers.
In April month, the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting (MIB) gave nine multi-system operator (MSO) licences. Two Odisha-based MSOs got licences while the remaining registrations were granted to MSOs from West Bengal, Karnataka, Bihar, Gujarat, New Delhi, Uttar Pradesh and Andaman & Nicobar. The total registered MSOs stood at 1,384 till 30th April.
While MSOs were the first to upload RIO on their respective websites, Sony Pictures Networks India (SPNI) and Zee have also filed their reference interconnection offers (RIO) declaring the maximum retail price (MRP) and classification of channels.
The Ministry of Information & Broadcasting (MIB) has decided to launch a one-stop regulatory body to look into content-related complaints against TV and FM radio channels. This also indicates that self-regulation is failing. There are two mechanisms whereby citizens can file complaints against content violations. One is to lodge a complaint with district magistrates and the second one is to approach self-regulatory bodies such as the Advertising Standards Council of India, Broadcasting Content Complaints Council (BCCC) and News Broadcasters Standards Authority (NBSA).
Following the Madras High Court order denying the request for stay on TRAI tariff order, the action on tariff front has begun as Multi System Operator’s (MSOs) under the aegis of All India Digital Cable Federation (AIDCF), have started to upload their RIO, channel carrying capacity and interconnect agreement on their respective websites.
Now, the DTH players are also agitated and fear that their rights to make bouquets may be axed by TRAI. Hence, Tata Sky has decided to fight TRAI in the Delhi High Court, which has been confirmed by its CEO Harit Nagpal. He also added that TRAI tariff order is un-implementable.
On 1st May, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) released a Consultation Paper on 'Network testing before commercial launch of services' to discuss issues involved, possible solutions and framework to bring clarity on the matter. Written comments on the issues raised in the Consultation, Paper are invited from the stakeholders by 29th May 2017 and counter-comments by 12thJune 2017.
On 25th April, Star India argued for a stay on TRAI tariff order until the Madras High Court takes a final decision. The Chief Justice had decided to hear the case after two division benches recused themselves from hearing the matter due to different reasons. The broadcaster had contended that TRAI did not have the jurisdiction to regulate TV channel pricing. The two parties had earlier prayed that TRAI had overstepped its jurisdiction and violated the Copyright Act, which deals with all aspects of exploitation and monetisation of content. TRAI had notified the tariff order and interconnection regulation on 3 March after the Supreme Court gave it the go-ahead. The SC had earlier stated that the Madras HC could continue to hear the issue of jurisdiction. While retaining most of the recommendations, TRAI had removed the genre-wise price ceiling. The authority said that any channel priced above Rs 19 could not be part of the bouquet.
The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI), on completion of 20 years of its existence, will be organising a two day seminar on 'Digital Broadcasting in India' on 4th and 5th May 2017 at Ashok Hotel, New Delhi, followed by a cultural programme on 5th May, 2017 (Evening) at the same hotel.
The recent recusals by the two successive benches have delayed the Trai tariff case at the Madras High Court, but now it will be heard by the Madras High Court Chief Justice Indira Banerjee on 24th April. First, the two-member bench comprising Justice Nagamuthu and Justice Anita Sumanth had recused from the case after an anonymous petition to the chief justice had claimed that Justice Nagamuthu had sought P Chidambaram’s help in becoming the judge.
Country’s telecom regulator TRAI is set to hold many open house discussions on net neutrality, a hot issue with the industry and the common man; it is a concept that multiple stakeholders including content providers and telecom service providers have backed in full form with reasonable traffic management practices.
To ensure online data protection, country’s telecom regulator TRAI is working on a new regulatory regime which is expected to be ready by this Diwali. It was informed to the Supreme Court by the central government.
The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) will hold an Open House Discussion on the following subject at the date, time and venue given below:
On 19th April, country’s telecom regulator TRAI released Pre-Consultation Paper on ‘Ease of Doing Business in Broadcasting Sector.’ Written comments from stakeholders are invited by 8thMay 2017.
To reduce telcos operational cost and mitigate RoW (right of way) challenges, country’s telecom regulator’s chairman RS Sharma has said, “A request for proposal (RFP) will be floated shortly for common duct. The initiative will be conducted in Jharkhand’s Deoghar with an aim to offer a common duct for at least 20 years. No other telecom service operator will be allowed to dig land.”
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