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TRAI asks MSOs and LCOs to list out interconnect issues where the regulator can intervene

MUMBAI: Moving swiftly on the Bombay High Court order relating to interconnect agreements for digital addressable system (DAS), the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has issued letters to multi-system operators (MSOs) and local cable operators (LCOs) to point out the issues where the authority should intervene.

TRAI has asked the MSOs and LCOs to email their concerns at das@trai.gov.in in the proforma mentioned in the letter by 14 September. The MSOs and LCOs can specify the issues on which they want the sector regulator to intervene, TRAI said.

On 1 September, the Bombay High Court had directed TRAI to organise a meeting between MSOs and LCOs within two weeks and try to resolve the dispute within a period of four weeks. If the regulator is not in a position to resolve the dispute, all the petitions will be placed for final hearing.

The HC had also directed the respondents, the government of Maharashtra and TRAI to file their reply within three weeks. Rejoinder, if any, had to be filed within three weeks thereafter.

It had also clarified that TRAI may, instead of serving individual notices on the petitioners, inform the associations of LCOs and three other MSOs by notice in the newspapers.

The matter has been posted for hearing on 13 October.

The Maharashtra Cable Operators Federation (MCOF) and Nasik Cable Operators Association (NCOA) had filed separate petitions in the Bombay High Court challenging the DAS regulations issued by TRAI. They also challenged the interconnect agreements of the MSOs.

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