Our economy is facing a serious slowdown which continues from the last four years. First it was demonetization, then GST and now the after impact of these drastic changes made by the Modi Government followed by Modi’s fixation of winning the forthcoming elections, diverting most of the funds from ongoing projects to where it fetches votes for the BJP. Unemployment has gone up highest in the last forty five years. Industrial production is down, banks are facing huge loan defaults and GDP has come down below 7.
TRAI’s new tariff order has become a bone of contention instead of helping the consumers and the industry. No one seems to be happy with the way it is being implemented. DPOs are being given Directions and warnings by the regulator and meanwhile DTH operators have gone to the court as unable to provide best fit packages to their consumers as directed by the TRAI. Let’s hope matter gets sorted out fast as the whole industry suffers at a time when country’s economy is already down.
TRAI chairman R S Sharma is totally convinced that interoperability in STBs will help the consumers in a big way and he is hell bent in introducing it soon, inspite of the fact that the DPOs have stated against it . TRAI had conducted a workshop for interoperability where C-DoT had given a solution. The regulator is looking at downloadable CAS as a viable solution for interoperability.
Having implemented complete digitization of the Cable and satellite industry the government is looking at fixing a minimum Networth for MSOs registered with MIB for digital cable services. This is to ensure adequate investments in infrastructure for a quality network and broadband. TRAI’s latest consultation on minimum networth for the MSOs is trying to find the best figure for this. Disagreeing with rest of the industry, RJIO does not want any classification of the MSOs based on their area of operation while deciding the networth, as expressed in its response to the consultation.
TRAI is also preparing an audit manual for the DPOs to give strength to the interconnection agreements between stake holders , namely broadcasters and LCOs.
Govt is very upbeat in introducing 5G preparing to auction the 5G spectrum soon. However Telco s except RJio have expressed their concern in undertaking heavy expenditure for 5G infrastructure and payment for the spectrum at a time when the Economy is slowing down and there is a cash crunch in the country.