TRAI notifies amendments to DAS interconnection regulations

24 Sep,2013

By A Correspondent

 

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has today notified amendments to the interconnection regulations applicable for digital addressable cable TV systems (DAS) and tariff order applicable for addressable systems.

 

The amendments in the tariff order modify the ‘twin conditions’ that regulate the a la carte rate of channels vis-à-vis the bouquet rates at retail level, protecting the interests of the subscribers. It also clarifies the position that subscribers can either opt for channels on a-la-caret basis or bouquet or combination of both, as per their choice.

 

Considering that adequate provisions/safeguards are already available in the Interconnection Regulations applicable for DAS, certain provisions have been omitted from these regulations. These pertain to prescription of a minimum channel carrying capacity of 500 channels for MSOs and prohibition regarding charging of placement fee by the MSOs. A proviso has been added to specifically bring in clarity that the MSOs cannot seek a channel from the broadcaster and seek carriage fee at the same time.

 

The full text of the amendments is available on the TRAI website – www.trai.gov.in.

 

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