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TRAI invites comments on the Ease of Doing Business

The pre-consultation paper was released by TRAI after taking a cue from the Government’s efforts towards ease of doing business

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has released a pre-consultation paper on the ‘Ease of Doing Business in the Broadcasting Sector’.

The authority has invited comments on the paper from the stakeholders before May 8, 2017. The comments may be sent, preferably in electronic form, to M Kasim, Advisor (B&CS)-III, Telecom Regulatory Authority of India, on the e-mail: mkasim@trai.gov.in or ks.rejimon@nic.in.

Taking a cue from the Government’s efforts towards ease of doing business, TRAI has decided to go for a pre-consultation with the stakeholders on ease of doing business in the broadcasting sector with the following objectives:

(i) To review various policy issues related to the broadcasting sector with a view to create a conducive and business friendly environment in the sector.

(ii) To identify procedural bottlenecks that affect ease of doing business in broadcasting sector and recommend measures for simplifying the rules, regulations and bring more transparency and clarity in policies/ framework of the broadcasting sector.

(iii) To remove entry barriers by laying down well defined and transparent procedures and processes, thereby creating a level playing field and competition in the sector.

(iv) To facilitate innovation and technology adoption in the sector for providing better quality of services to the consumers.

(v) To steer further growth of the sector by attracting investment through investor-friendly policies.

(vi) To promote indigenous manufacturing of broadcasting equipment.

 

In the paper, the authority proposes to go for a pre-consultation with the stakeholders for identifying issues that are required to be addressed for ‘Ease of Doing Business’ in the broadcasting sector so that an exhaustive consultation with the stakeholders can be undertaken subsequently. The comments of stakeholders on the following issue are solicited.

 

(i) Issues related to processes and procedures for obtaining permission/license/registration for the following broadcasting services and subsequent compliances connected with these permissions.

(a) Uplinking of TV channels.

(b) Downlinking of TV channels.

(c) Teleport services.

(d) Direct-to-home services.

(e) Private FM services.

(f) Headend-in-the sky services.

(g) Local Cable Operators.

(h) Multi System Operators.

(i) Community Radio Stations.

(j) Any other related issue.

 

(ii) Allocation of broadcasting spectrum

(a) Clearance from Department of Space

(b) WPC clearance for broadcasting services

(c) SACFA Clearance Process

(d) Clearance from Network Operations Control Centre (NOCC)

(e) Any other related issue

 

(iii) Other issues

(a) Disaster Recovery Site for DTH Operator

(b) Transmission of radio services over DTH platform

(c) Right of Way for cable operators

(d) Broadband through cable TV

(e) Open sky policy for KU band

(f) Rationalisation of FDI policy in broadcasting sector

(g) Developing India as a teleport hub

(h) Skilled manpower in broadcasting sector

(i) Indigenous manufacturing of broadcasting equipment

The consultation paper mentioned how India has made significant strides in economic growth and development of its markets for businesses, thus emerging as one of the fast growing economies in the world. As per the Economic Survey 2016-17, the country’s economic growth has been pegged at 6.5 per cent for the current fiscal and is projected to be in the range of 6.75-7.5 per cent in 2017-18. A business-friendly environment is a pre-requisite for the growth of a nation. A favourable business environment makes a country a favourite business destination.

The Indian Media and Entertainment (M&E) industry is a sunrise sector for the economy and it is on the cusp of a strong phase of growth, backed by rising consumer demand and improving advertising revenues. Here are a few graphs that were a part of the pre-consultation paper that explains the statistics of the industry:

 

 

The Government has taken a series of measures to improve Ease of Doing Business in the country to create a business-friendly environment for promoting India as a business destination. The prime focus on this initiative is to simplify and rationalise existing rules and procedures and introduce information technology to make governance more effective and efficient. The broadcasting sector in the country has witnessed an impressive growth over the years and has become one of the growing industries. The sector is poised for a paradigm change with the advancement of technology and innovations.

 

The pre-consultation paper aims to identify various issues relating to ‘Ease of Doing Business’ in the broadcasting sector. The comments of stakeholders are solicited for identification of likely issues in the matter before going for an elaborate consultation.

 

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