Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has extended the deadline of implementation of the New Tariff Order (NTO 2.0) from April 1, 2022 to June 1, 2022.
TRAI said, “All distributors of television channels shall ensure that with effect from June 1, 2022, services to the subscribers are provided as per the bouquets or channels opted by the subscribers.”
TRAI’s decision comes after several stakeholders requested the extension of the implementation of NTO 2.0 given the current Covid situation, as most of their staff were affected with Covid-19 and were unable to attend office due to guidelines issued by the state governments.
Another reason for the delay in implementation of NTO 2.0, as per the stakeholders’ representatives, is that their staff/linked local cable operators are finding it difficult to reach the Covid-affected areas for collection of choices, etc.
Broadcasters are supposed to report to the authority any change in name, nature, MRP per month, the language of channels, composition of bouquets and MRP of bouquets of channels as per the New Regulatory Framework 2022, by February 28, 2022, and simultaneously publish such information on their websites.
TRAI said that the broadcasters who have already submitted their RIOs (Reference Interconnect Offer) in compliance with NTO 2.0 can make revisions by February 28, 2022.
Similarly, all Distribution Platform Operators (DPOs) will have to report to the authority, the distribution retail price of pay channels (DRP), composition of the bouquet of pay channels/ Free to air channels and DRP of bouquet of pay channels, as per the New Regulatory Framework 2022 by March 31, 2022, and simultaneously publish such information on their websites.