TRAI releases consultation paper on Cable monopolies

04 Jun,2013

By A Correspondent


The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has released a consultation paper on “Monopoly/ Market dominance in Cable TV services”. MIB has sought recommendations of TRAI on restriction to be imposed on Multi System Operators (MSOs)/ Local Cable Operators (LCOs) to prevent monopolies/accumulation of interest in order to ensure fair competition, improved quality of service, and equity.


Notes a communique: “There are currently no restrictions on the area of operation and accumulation of interest in terms of market share in a city, district, State or country by individual MSOs and LCOs in the cable TV sector. It has been observed in some States that the majority of the cable TV network is controlled by a single entity virtually monopolizing the distribution of cable TV services in these States. Such monopolies/ market dominance may not in the best interest of consumers and may have serious implications in terms of competition, pricing, quality of service and healthy growth of cable TV sector.”


The full text of the Consultation Paper is available on TRAI’s website


Written comments on the consultation paper are invited from the stakeholders by June 24, 2013 and counter comments, if any, by July 1 2013. The comments and counter comments may be sent, preferably in electronic form to Rajkumar Upadhyay, Advisor (B&CS), Telecom Regulatory Authority of India, on the e-mail: or


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  1. Somnath Banerjee says:

    I am not satisfied with the attitude of TRAI. TRAI should not take the matter seriously. Their all recommendation are anti-people. We the subscriber are looser in monetery and the MOS or Cable Operators should not give us the proper service.