MUMBAI: The seven multi-system operators (MSOs) affiliated to the All India Digital Cable Federation (AIDCF) have published on their respective websites their reference interconnection offer (RIO), carriage, target market and channel capacity, and channels offered, in compliance with the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India’s (TRAI) interconnection regulation.
The carriage fee rate card uploaded by the MSOs has a uniform rate of 0.20 paisa for SD and 0.40 paisa for HD channels.
The seven members of AIDCF are DEN Networks, Siti Networks, InDigital, Fastway Transmission, GTPL Hathway, Hathway Cable & Datacom, and ICNCL. Earlier, the federation advised its member MSOs to upload the same before the deadline set by TRAI.
According to TRAI regulations, broadcasters will not have to pay carriage to distribution platform operators (DPOs) for a channel if it is subscribed by 20% or more subscribers in a target market.
For channels with a subscription of 5% or less, the carriage payable will be equal to the rate of carriage fee per channel per subscriber per month.
If the subscription of the channel is more than 5–10%, then the carriage fee will be 0.75 times of the rate of carriage fee of active subscriber base of the DPO.
The carriage fee for channels with subscription between 10% and 15% will be 0.5 multiplied by the rate of carriage fee. Channels that have been subscribed by 15–20% of the DPOs subscriber base in a target market are required to pay carriage at the rate of 0.25 multiplied by the rate of carriage fee.
As far as channel capacity goes, the seven MSOs have posted the details on their websites.
Hathway has seven head-ends and maximum channel carrying capacity is 506 in Bengaluru. It has 2–5 spare capacity across its head-ends.
DEN has eight head-ends and the maximum number of channels, which is 280, is carried from its Bengaluru head-end. It has 2–3 spare capacity in each of its head-end.
With eight head-ends, GTPL’s maximum carrying capacity is from Ahmedabad head-end, which is 370 channels including SD and HD. GTPL does not have any spare capacity at any of its head-end.
Siti Networks has 27 head-ends, with Kolkata having the highest capacity of 379 SD and HD channels. It does not have any spare capacity in any of the head-ends.
Fastway’s two head-ends, located in Ludhiana and Mathura, provide 483 and 301 SD channels respectively. The MSO does not have any spare capacity.
InDigital has 20 head-ends, and its maximum carrying capacity in Mumbai, Thane and Navi Mumbai is at 426. It does not have any spare capacity at any location.
The federation also requested all the broadcasters to upload their RIO on their websites at the earliest, as the deadline for the same expired on 2 May.
AIDCF president TS Panesar said, “To honour TRAI’s deadline and pass on the benefits of new regulations to end viewers, MSOs are fully ready as they have already uploaded their RIO, channel carrying capacity and interconnection agreement on their websites. We hope that esteemed broadcasters would join hands with us and upload their RIO rates ASAP in true spirit of collaboration and indulgence.”
The AIDCF believes that the new set of tariff order and interconnection regulations issued by TRAI will help in creating a level playing field for all the stakeholders, specially the end viewers who will now have complete freedom at their disposal.
It will also help in bringing more transparency and fuel growth by regulating and balancing the entire broadcasting eco-system, it added.