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KSCOA threatens to switch off Hathway signals across Bengaluru

MUMBAI: The Karnataka State Cable Operators Association (KSCOA) has said that its members will switch off signals of multi-system operator (MSO) Hathway Cable & Datacom across Bengaluru on 3 July for failing to keep its promises.

The KSCOA had organised a meeting of last mile operators (LMOs) attached to Hathway in Bengaluru to discuss the implications of digital addressable system (DAS) for LMOs and their subscribers.

During the meeting, the LMOs had poured their pent-up grievances against Hathway. The LMOs also demanded that the DAS regulations be implemented in full. Otherwise, the whole purpose of digitisation will be rendered futile.

The KSCOA also decided to approach Hathway officials with a memorandum of their demands on 3 July. “And that same day, all Hathway signals will be switched off across Bangalore as a mark of protest,” KSCOA president Patrick Raju said in a statement.

The KSCOA alleged that after digitising the whole of Bengaluru, Hathway was not forthcoming with the implementation of packaging, the interconnect agreement with the LMOs and taxes to be paid to the government.

The KSCOA also rued the fact that the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) had hiked non-addressable tariff by 27.5 per cent in two instalments. It said the hike was against the interest of the subscribers.

“The above-mentioned issues have remained unresolved for many months now. Earlier representations to Hathway on the above have not been resolved till date. However, LMOs are being harassed by Hathway officials,” Raju added.

The LMOs have nine key demands from Hathway:

  • Interconnect agreement between MSO and LMO
  • Packaging to enable subscribers to pick and choose channels of their choice based on their pocket size
  • To switch on sports channels till packaging is implemented
  • Subscription increase of 27 per cent to be recalled by TRAI
  • To issue Form 52 against Entertainment Tax
  • Service tax issue
  • Non-issuance of payment receipts made by LMOs
  • STB service to be provided
  • Availability of STBs.