The telecom regulator, Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) explained that the contours of the discussion paper on green telecommunication is expected to be firmed up over the next few weeks; Trai had given recommendations to government on reduction in carbon footprint by mobile operators in 2011, which was accepted by the Government. TRAI is looking to bring out a consultation paper that would review issues related to reduction in carbon footprint for telecom infrastructure, including mobile towers.
The telecom regulator, Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) plans to frame a discussion paper on green telecommunication over the next few weeks; TRAI had given recommendations to government on reduction in carbon footprint by mobile operators in 2011, which was accepted by the Government. TRAI is looking to bring out a consultation paper that would review issues related to reduction in carbon footprint for telecom infrastructure, including mobile towers.
Inter-ministerial body Foreign Investment Promotion Board, FIPB has approved six investment proposals, including Idea Cellular and Star Den Media Services expecting an investment of Rs 1,200 crore. Idea Cellular Infrastructure Services (ICISL) had filed an application to raise foreign investment level in it to 67.5 %. ICISL is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Idea, which has become a foreign-owned firm with more than 50% overseas investment. Star Den Media Services Pvt. Ltd. develops and distributes television, cable, and the related network platforms. It offers a platform for distributing television channels in India through all fixed networks including cable, direct to home, and internet protocol television.
The vacation judge of Delhi High Court, Justice Najmi Waziri has declined to vacate the injunction obtained by Event and Entertainment Management Association (EEMA) from the court earlier this month against collection of licence fees by the Indian Performing Rights Society (IPRS), the Phonographic Performance Ltd (PPL) and Novex.
A Telecom Broadcasting and Cable Laws unit, the Telecom Disputes Settlement & Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT) has passed an interim order restraining the Department of Telecom (DoT) from encashing multi-system operator Siti Network’s performance bank guarantee (PBG) of Rs 1 crore. Siti had received communication from DoT on 7 December after it had failed to extend the validity of the PBG dated 31 December 2015 following the expiry of its internet service provider (ISP) licence in December 2013. After a long consideration TDSAT has taken an appropriate action.
As per data collected, the 61st amendment No. 301-30/2016-F&EA dated 22-11-16 — In exercise of the powers conferred upon it under sub-section (2) of section 11, read with sub-clause (i) of clause (b) of sub-section (1) of the said section, of the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India Act, 1997 (24 of 1997), the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India hereby makes the following Order further to amend the Telecommunication Tariff Order, 1999, namely:
The Madras HC order came on a petition filed by Star India and Vijay TV on the ground that the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) orders are in conflict with the Copyright Act 1957. As a result of this court order and pending the full hearing of the case, TRAI would not be able to pass any guideline for issues such as broadcast tariff, broadcast interconnect, and quality of services.
Canara Star Communications Pvt. Ltd Karnataka, which has a long-pending dispute with Star India with regard to payments, has been given one more opportunity by the Telecom Disputes Settlement and Appellate Tribunal to reply to an affidavit of 23 March 2016 by the broadcaster alleging there was no entity of the name of the MSO on the website of the Corporate Affairs Ministry.
The Govt. of India in the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting vide number S.O. 2534(E), dated the 11th November, 2011 (herein after referred to as the said notification), made it obligatory for every cable operator to transmit or re-transmit programmes of any channel in an encrypted form through a digital addressable system in the cities /towns/areas with effect from the dates specified in column (4) of the table in the said notification.
The Indian Broadcasting Foundation has criticised sector regulator TRAI for over-regulating and proposing draft guidelines on tariff and interconnection that are skewed in favour of distribution platform operators. Responding to Telecom Regulatory Authority of India draft orders relating to tariff, inter-connections and quality of service, IBF said the new regime will lead to “de-growth” of the industry and discourage investments and production of good quality content in the television industry.
The chairman of Telecoms and Regulatory Authority of India, R S Sharma said, “Technology must be facilitated by regulation, not throttled by it” while speaking at the opening session of Technology Summit 2016, organised by Carnegie India. The chief regulator of India's telecom and broadcast carriage sectors has said regulation should not kill a technology, fledgling or otherwise, and that consumer interest and a level playing field for all players should be the basis for tech-related regulations. The tech summit was organised with an aim to bring together technologists, entrepreneurs, academics and policy makers to reflect on rapid technological changes and recommend policy measures to harness this transformation for India’s development.
The regulator TRAI is in the process of reviewing all its regulations for the broadcast industry. It has issued many consultation papers on different subjects for getting comments from the stakeholders. This includes infrastructure sharing, quality of service, tariff and interconnection regulations. All deadlines for submission of comments by stakeholders have been extended, giving more time to the stakeholders so that the regulator is able to frame regulations for everybody’s benefit. All stakeholders including Cable Operators should make it a point to study these draft regulations and comment/suggest on them.
TRAI finally takes up the issue of infrastructure sharing in Broadcasting to frame a new policy that will speed up the process of digitization. This will encompass DTH, HITS, and IPTV sectors. Although, it has come a bit late in the wake of ongoing digitization of cable TV networks, it can have a far reaching effect on creating a nationwide digital infrastructure in the country, lack of which has delayed the whole process including even the BharatNet Project.
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