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TRAI facilitates 14 cases of MSO–broadcaster interconnect deals

MUMBAI: The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has recently facilitated 14 cases of interconnection agreements between multi-system operators (MSOs) and various broadcasters for digital addressable system (DAS) Phase III, which will come into force from 1 January 2016.

TRAI had received representations from 22 MSOs for not being able to sign interconnection agreements with broadcasters, a TRAI official said on condition of anonymity.

The official stated that most of the operators were independent MSOs from Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh. The broadcasters in question were Star India, Sony Pictures Networks, TV18, Eenadu Television, Sun TV and ZEEL.

Many of the deals remained stuck due to communication gap, the official added.

The ministry had called a meeting with MSOs on 11 December on DAS-related issues. The meeting was attended by 120 MSOs.

In response to concerns raised by some of the stakeholders about delay in the signing of interconnection agreements between broadcasters and some MSOs, it was decided that these MSOs would furnish the details of pending cases to TRAI by 15 December so that the authority can hold a meeting with broadcasters on 18 December to iron out issues.

TRAI had earlier called a meeting of nine MSOs after receiving their complaints. Out of these, action was taken in seven cases.