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TDSAT directs Mumbai LCO to sign interconnect deal with Hathway

MUMBAI: The Telecom Disputes Settlement & Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT) has directed Mumbai-based local cable operator (LCO) Mauli Cable Network to sign fresh interconnection agreement with multi-system operator (MSO) Hathway Cable & Datacom on 28 June.

Additionally, the LCO has been directed to make an upfront payment of Rs 15 lakh (Rs 1.5 million) to the MSO at the time of signing the agreement. The balance amount will have to be paid within four weeks from the date of the order. Hathway has claimed dues of Rs 33.28 lakh (Rs 3.33 million) from the LCO.

Hathway counsel said that it would enter into the interconnection agreement with the LCO as the MSO is the provider of signals for further transmission. He also stated that the LCO’s representative had turned up for the meeting without any authority to sign the interconnection agreement.

The LCO’s counsel stated that the proprietor would visit the office of the respondent on 28 June for signing the agreement.

Hathway counsel said that a statement of account showed Rs 33.28 lakh as outstanding dues from the LCO.

Mauli counsel submitted that the invoices for the first time were raised only on 6 June, which was denied by the Hathway counsel.

The matter has been put up under the same head on 8 July.