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TRAI asks MSOs to report against unresponsive channels by August 24

TRAI has notified a comprehensive regulatory framework encompassing interconnection, quality of service, consumer complaint redressal regulation and tariff orders

BestMediaInfo Bureau | Mumbai | August 24, 2015

traiWith the deadline (December 31, 2015) for implementation of Digital Addressable System (DAS) in Phase 3 areas just four months away, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has once again reminded both Multi Screen Operators (MSOs) and broadcasters to facilitate the process by entering into interconnect agreements.

While expressing satisfaction over the implementation of DAS, TRAI has notified a comprehensive regulatory framework encompassing interconnection, quality of service, consumer complaint redressal regulation and tariff orders.

More importantly, TRAI has set August 24 as the date for MSOs to write against pay TV broadcasters who haven’t responded to them even after the passage of 60 days from the date of making the request or have not given any reason for not entering into an interconnection agreement. In such a scenario, TRAI has asked MSOs to email their grievances for initiating action as per the TRAI Act.

The regulatory authority advised the registered MSOs to make a written request to the broadcasters of pay channels for provisioning of signals of TV channels as per their business requirement, so that they get signals of pay TV channels well before the cut-off date.

On their part, TRAI has taken initiative to facilitate timely signing of interconnection agreements between the broadcasters and MSOs.

On the direction of the authority, broadcasters have uploaded standardised application form and contract details on their respective websites. For the convenience of the stakeholders, the details have also been uploaded on the TRAI website.

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