The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) on 4 April released a pre-consultation paper on Set-Top-Bop Box Interoperability in Broadcasting TV services. This is not the first time it is being done. Although DTH guidelines mandate technical interoperability, TRAI has failed to get it implemented.
The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) released a consultation paper on "Issues related to Quality of Services in Digital Addressable System and Consumer Protection" on 19 May.
The controvercy over differential pricing for data services by the telecom operators has been raging since last year when Airtel announced its zero rating services followed by Facebook announcing the launch of Free Basics (earlier Internet.org).
IP based interconnection is essential for Telecom as well as cable operators since the future of all converged services lies in IP. All services are migrating to IP networks to meet the demand of OTT, video streaming and other e-services. Many MSOs are today applying for universal service licence which allow them to provide all last mile services including Broadband and Cable TV, getting connected with more than one backend network and many Telcos are going for the MSO licence to provide triple play digital services. This means they need a seemless IP interface.
The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) on Friday, January 29, has issued a consultation paper on tariff issues related to TV services. This has been done in view of new trends in content distribution like OTT, online streaming, IPTV, DTH and cable TV etc. Written comments from stakeholders are required by March 4, 2016 and counter-comments by March 18, 2016.
Although DAS was mandated in consumer interest for implementation by a private industry comprising of Broadcasters, MSOs, LCOs and Consumers, investing a huge amount without any support from the government, even the Regulations framed for addressable systems have not created an eco-system benefitting the consumers and encouraging the growth of all stakeholders.
Appearing for the first time in the Ad cap case in the Delhi HC, the Information and Broadcasting Ministry informed the Court that it was in talks with the News Broadcasters Association (NBA) and other stakeholders on the issue of the advertising cap of 12 minutes per hour.
Ever since the process of implementing digitization started, courts have been kept extremely busy. Almost every regulation and Tariff order framed by the Regulator has been challenged in different courts. TDSAT, the sector tribunal gets the maximum load.
The Open House Discussion (OHD) on commercial tariffs held on 18 August at PHD Chambers of Commerce at Delhi, became a battleground between broadcasters and distribution platform, with broadcasters demanding more revenue from commercial establishment and distribution companies wanting no distinction between commercial and domestic subscribers.
The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) on 14 July 2015 released a consultation paper on "Tariff issues related to Commercial Subscribers", to do the tariff exercise all over again as directed by TDSAT, the industry tribunal.
After a youth from Bareilly had been arrested and sent to the judicial custody for 14 day for making his voice loud against the senior Samajwadi party leader, Azam Khan on Facebook, the Supreme Court of India gave a landmark decision regarding Section 66A on 24th March 2015. The law was used to arrest people for sharing offensive content and views on social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter,etc. Explaining the section as “open ended, undefined, and vague”, the apex body termed Section 66A of Information Technology Act as ‘unconstitutional’. It also added that every expression used in it is “nebulous in meaning”. It is cast so widely that almost any opinion on any subject can be clubbed under it. However, after protests by free speech campaigners and others for almost three years, a bench comprising Justices J. Chelameswar and Rohinton F. Nariman declared section 66A of the Information Technology (IT) Act, to be illegal.
Telecom Disputes Settlement and Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT) on 28 April, set aside the TRAI 27.5 per cent inflation-linked tariff hike for non-addressable systems and asked broadcasters to maintain a separate account for the additional subscription amount that they have collected from distribution platforms as a result of the tariff hike.
Telecom service providers (TSPs) offering fixed and mobile telephony are currently being overwhelmed by online content, known as Over-the–top (OTT) application and services. The term Over-the-top (OTT) refers to application and services which are accessible over the internet and ride on operators’ networks offering internet access services e.g. social networks, search engines amateur video aggregation sites etc. OTT providers make use of the TSPs’ infrastructure to reach their customers and offer products/services that not only make money for them but also compete with the traditional service offered by TSPs. Leave aside TSPs, these apps compete with brick and mortar rivals e.g. e-commerce sites, banking etc. Today, users can directly access these applications online from any place, at any time, using a variety of internet connected consumer devices.
UK comms regulator Ofcom has announced an overarching review of the nation’s digital communications markets, to ensure that communications providers and services continue to meet the needs of consumers and businesses.
On 28 August 2014, the TRAI had issued a consultation on imposing fine on MSOs and LCOs for not providing cable TV services as per the specified Quality of Service (QoS) norms. This consultation was to amend the QoS Regulations to introduce financial disincentives on MSOs and LCOs for not adhering to the regulations. Subsequently, TRAI has notified the amendment on 25 March 2015. Major changes made in the standards are as Disincentives on non compliance of Billing related regulations will be paid only by the MSO.
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