He added that the implementation of the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India’s (TRAI) recommendations has multi-dimensional implications. “The recommendations of TRAI on ‘Monopoly/Market Dominance in Cable TV Services’ dated 26th November 2013 have been considered by the Inter-Ministerial Committee of the ministry.”
The minister added this includes TRAI’s recommendation relating to the Herfindahl–Hirschman Index (HHI). “The acceptance of the recommendations has multi-dimensional implications which require consultation with various stakeholders. No recommendation to Competition Commission of India (CCI) has been made in this regard.”
The ministry of information and broadcasting (MIB) had already told the Parliamentary Committee on Information Technology that the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India’s (TRAI) recommendations on cable monopoly are impractical. It had also sought the Competition Commission of India’s (CCI) on the same.
“These recommendations were earlier discussed by Inter-Ministerial Committee (IMC) in its meeting held on 17th and 22nd January 2014 following which the recommendations were accepted.” The MIB then said.