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TDSAT directs Karnataka LCOs not to swap DEN’s STBs with any other MSO

MUMBAI: The Telecom Disputes Settlement & Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT) has directed local cable operators (LCOs) affiliated to Karnataka State Digital Cable TV Operators’ Welfare Association not to migrate to any other multi-system operator (MSO) until further orders.

The order was issued on an application filed by DEN Networks that alleged that the LCOs were swapping its set-top boxes (STBs) with those of Siti Cable. This, the MSO argued, was against the regulations and directions of the tribunal.

Denying the allegation, the association contended that DEN was not accepting payments being made by the LCOs.

The tribunal held that there was no need for an order since the Karnataka State Digital Cable TV Operators’ Welfare Association lawyer submitted that the LCOs were not illegally migrating to any other MSO. The application was accordingly disposed of.

The main petition in which Karnataka State Digital Cable TV Operators’ Welfare Association is the petitioner and DEN is the respondent is still pending before the tribunal.

The cable operators’ body had filed a petition in the tribunal on 19 October 2015 seeking a direction to the MSO not to illogically increase the monthly subscription charges payable by the members of the petitioner association.