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Network capacity fee not mandatory for secondary connections, says TRAI

TRAI said it won’t stop operators from offering discounts or lowering network capacity fee for second or subsequent connections in the same household. The clarification came after consumers raised the issue of multiple connections

Consumers with multiple connections can breathe easy as the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has said that the network capacity fee (NCF) is not mandatory for subscribers who own more than one TV connection in a household. 

TRAI in its latest regulation stated that it won’t stop operators from offering discounts or lowering network capacity fee for second or subsequent connections in the same household. However, the discounts should be offered uniformly in the target market area of the respective TV channel distributor and should duly be declared by the distribution platform operators (DPO) on their websites.

The new framework allows the consumer to choose the channels they wish to view and pay only for them. However, the regulators couldn’t give clarification on the multiple connections. TRAI’s clarification came after a few consumers raised the issue of multiple connections and the likely spike in expenditure because of it. 

TRAI further clarified that the regulation provides a cap of Rs 130 as network capacity fee (NCF) for 100 SD channels and Rs 20 for the slab of next 25 SD channels.

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