The NDA government is all set to revive the Convergence Bill in a bid to give India's telecom, internet and television sectors a super regulator that may seek to replace TDSAT with a new appellate body called the Communications Appellate Tribunal and scrap the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India.
The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has on 27 February issued a draft Tariff Order (TO) for consultation with stakeholders. This draft prescribes a framework for commercial interoperability of Customer Premises Equipment (CPE) offered by the Direct-to-Home (DTH) operators to their subscribers.
Telangana and Andhra Pradesh prior to the implementation of DAS was an analogue area i.e. unlike the major metros there was no existence of CAS which means that the customers and cable operators were new to the concept of set top boxes and digital signals.
The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has issued on 6 January 2015 its Recommendations on "Definition of Revenue Base (AGR) for the Reckoning of License Fee (LF) and Spectrum Usage Charges". These recommendations will also affect the DTH operators who pay a licence fee every year, based on the AGR. A new AGR base has also been defined by TRAI called Applicable Gross Revenue.
A Tariff Order for non-addressable areas in the country has been notified by the sector regulator, TRAI on 31 December 2014, to be applicable with effect from 01 January 2015. The new tariff for cable TV services are take into account inflationary increase and provide three slabs depending on the number of FTA and Pay channels provided in the cable TV networks. The rates given are the upper limits and range from Rs 117/- to Rs 292/- per month per subscriber. Subscriber here means a Set-Top-Box installed in the consumer house.
The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India has released on 19 November, its recommendations on the 'Regulatory Framework for Platform Services (PS). These services include the local video channels run by MSOs and Cable Operators.
Holding that there had been "misuse and abuse" of public money on such advertisements, the three-member committee headed by eminent academician Professor N R Madhava Menon and K Viswanathan, former Secretary General of Lok Sabha and Solicitor General Ranjit Kumar as members, has framed guidelines to regulate expenditure and contents of such advertisements paid out of tax payers' money.
The media is popularly referred to as the “Fourth Estate” as it plays a crucial role in a democracy. It is the watchdog of public interest and its role as witness and commentator on the activities of the Government, various social and political institutions, and society at large, is vital. As the voice of the masses, representing their concerns, the media not only interprets and comments on the present but it also sets the agenda for the future. In India too, the media – press, radio, television and, now, the internet - has certainly played a significant role in the manner in which democracy has evolved over the years.
Although TRAI has been given the task of regulating the broadcast industry since 2004, it has not proved its mettle in doing so. Every regulation and tariff order issued by TRAI has been challenged in the courts and stayed. Industry is still in chaos and every stakeholder is taking the system for a r ide. The situation is back to the origin of the industry when it was like the ‘Wild West’ where powerful and moneyed people ruled. It is becoming clear that all policies of Digitisation have failed to be implemented. No government can force 600 million people to migrate to a new technology by showing a stick.
For the first time TRAI Chairman was moved hearing sad tales of arassment, arm twisting and use of criminal force on LCOs by the MSOs in order to capture their last mile business taking shelter of the Regulations.
DAS has hardly succeeded in Phase 1 and 2 cities when TRAI is thinking of imposing fines for MSOs and LCOs for not complying with its regulations. It has issued a Consultation Paper on 28 August 2014 to amend the Standards of Quality of Service (digital addressable cable TV systems) Regulations.
The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) issued a Consultation Paper on 'Definition of Revenue Base (AGR)for the Reckoning of Licence Fee and Spectrum Usage Charges' on 31st July 2014 inviting comments by 1st September, 2014 and counter-comments by 8th September, 2014.
The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has issued a Consultation Paper on amendments to the Standards of Quality of Service (digital addressable cable TV systems) Regulation 2012 (12 of 2012) proposing to fine the MSOs and LCOs who violate these regulations that ensure better billing practices by MSOs and LCOs. This step has been taken after the Regulator received many complaints from the consumers.
Hathway Cable & Datacom raise Rs 300.80 crore through preferential allotment of shares. The announcement was made after the shareholders approved the proposal on 05 Sep 2014 in the Extra Ordinary General Meeting held today.
Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) on 23rd June floated a consultation paper seeking comments on regulating the platform services that include local video channels of MSOs and cable operators and value added service provided by the MSOs and direct-to-home service providers respectively.
Telecom Regulatory Authority of India on 16th July has a tariff order namely the Telecommunication (Broadcasting and Cable) Services (second) tariff (twelfth amendment) order, 2014 for provision of cable services to commercial subscribers. In the tariff order TRAI said that Commercial establishments which specifically charge clients on account of showing TV programmes will now have to pay tariff according to terms mutually agreed with the broadcaster. However, commercial establishments that do not charge its customers for providing television programmes are to be treated like ordinary subscribers and should be charged on per-television basis.
It’s a bonanza for the six private DTH operators this time as Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has acted like a wish fairy for them giving them almost whatever they had wished in its recommendations on issues regarding DTH license.
TRAI has agreed to most of the demands of the DTH industry while giving its recommendations on 24 July on the issues related to DTH licencing.
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