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TDSAT allows broadcasters to ink RIO deal with GTPL for Jaipur

MUMBAI: The Telecom Disputes Settlement & Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT) has allowed Star India, Multi Screen Media (MSM) and IndiaCast Media to enter into reference interconnect offer (RIO) agreements with multi-system operator (MSO) Gujarat Telelink Pvt Ltd (GTPL) for Jaipur.

Putting the matter under the same heading on 8 October, the tribunal clarified that the pendency of the petition shall not stand in the way of the broadcasters in executing the interconnect agreements and supply of their signals to the MSO.

The tribunal directed GTPL and the three broadcasters to file their respective replies within three weeks. A rejoinder, if any, can be filed within one week from the date of receipt of copies of the replies.

The tribunal was hearing a petition filed by Siti Cable that alleged that GTPL Hathway was pirating signals of broadcasters in Jaipur.

Star India counsel Saurabh Srivastava stated that the broadcaster did not find the MSO of making any unauthorised transmission of its signals in Jaipur.

Similarly, MSM and IndiaCast counsel Kunal Tandon told the tribunal that they did not find any unauthorised transmission of their signals by GTPL Hathway in Jaipur upon verification.

Srivastava further stated that Star had received a duly signed RIO-based agreement from the MSO but it was yet to be executed on behalf of Star.

Tandon stated that MSM and IndiaCast had also received the RIO-based deals from the MSO but they were yet to formalise the arrangement and the agreements were yet to be signed by the two broadcasters.