During the consultation undertaken to prepare the Audit Manual certain comments and observations reflect some issues in the Schedule III of the Interconnection Regulations 2017. Accordingly, Draft Telecommunication (Broadcasting and Cable) Services Interconnection (Addressable Systems) (Amendment) Regulations, 2019 was issued on 27 August, 2019.
Comments received on these draft regulations were posted on TRAI's website. Subsequently, an Open House Discussion (OHD) was also held on 26 September 2019 in Delhi. Based on the comments received and analysis of the developments in the market the regulations have been revised. Vide these Regulations the Authority has amended Schedule III of the Interconnection Regulations 2017, mainly on the following:- i. Scheduling and Scope of Audit 11. Transactional capacity of Conditional Access System (CAS) and Subscriber Management System (SMS)system 111. Support for Overt and Covert fingerprinting in Set-Top-Boxes IV. Watermarking network logo for all pay channels
The scheduling has been so amended that the Distributor of Pay TV broadcasting services will keep a minimum gap of six months between the two annual audits and the maximum time gap is eighteen months. Similarly, the minimum transactional capacity required for CAS and SMS systems has been revised to 5 % instead of earlier 10 %. Since implementation of the new framework, all Distributors are deploying STBs that are compliant with Covert and Overt fingerprinting. The Authority has taken a pragmatic view on this aspects owing to already existing field deployments and revised the extant provisions in schedule III of the Telecommunication (Broadcasting and Cable) Services Interconnection (Addressable Systems) (Amendment) Regulations 2017.
The amended regulations will help in establishing a fully compliant trust-based Audit regime conducted as per extent regulations by the empanelled Auditors".
The "Telecommunication (Broadcasting and Cable) Services Interconnection (Addressable Systems) (Amendment) Regulations, 2019" is available on TRAI's website.