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TRAI amendments to tariff order for analogue cable TV systems

Through the Tariff Amendment Order, the authority had decided to allow for inflationary linked adjustment of 27.5% in two instalments

BestMediaInfo Bureau | Delhi | January 5, 2015

traiTRAI has notified the Telecommunication (Broadcasting and Cable) Services (Second) Tariff (Thirteenth Amendment) Order, 2014 applicable for non-addressable (analogue cable TV) systems.

Through the Tariff Amendment Order dated March 31, 2014, the authority had decided to allow for inflationary linked adjustment of 27.5% in two instalments. The first instalment of 15% was allowed w.e.f. April 1, 2014. Now, through this Tariff Amendment Order, w.e.f. January 1, 2015, the balance inflation linked hike has been allowed, both at the retail and wholesale levels.

Ceilings for retail tariff have been prescribed on pan-India basis depending upon the number of pay and free-to-air (FTA) channels provided. The ceilings are Rs 117 per month for minimum of 30 FTA channels; Rs 234 per month for minimum 30 FTA channels and up to 20 pay channels; and Rs 292 per month for minimum 30 FTA channels and more than 20 pay channels.

At the wholesale level, price ceilings to continue, subject to inflationary adjustments allowed from time to time. Through this Tariff Order, TRAI expects to rationalise retail tariff ceilings and simplify its implementation.

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