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Confusion! TRAI objects to MIB statement on DAS deadline

Extending the deadline for digitisation in 4 metros, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting had said that TRAI regulations will take effect from November 1 against the earlier deadline of July 1

BestMediaInfo Bureau | Delhi | June 22, 2012

Broadcast regulator TRAI has raised an objection to the statement of the Information and Broadcasting Ministry which said the regulations for Digital Addressable Cable TV Systems (DAS) will take effect from November 1, 2012.

“It is clarified that date of coming into effect of any Regulation/Tariff order of TRAI is as prescribed by TRAI and mentioned in the respective Regulation/Tariff order,” TRAI said in a statement. “The tariff order and regulations issued for DAS have come into force from the date of its publication in the official Gazette, i.e., Interconnection Regulations and Tariff order (Amendment) on April 30, 2012, and Quality of Service Regulations, Consumer Complaint Redressal Regulations and Interconnection Regulation (Amendment) on May 14, 2012.”

In fact, these regulations and tariff orders have come into effect prior to the timelines prescribed by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting for timely and effective implementation of DAS.

The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting had postponed the implementation of compulsory digitisation in Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and Chennai till October 31, 2012.

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