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The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) will hold an open house discussion (OHD) on its consultation paper “Issues related to Digital Radio Broadcasting in India” on 25 October in New Delhi.
The direct to home (DTH) sector in India heading for a consolidation phase. After Dish TV-Videocon d2h merger, Tata Group and Bharti Enterprises are exploring merger of their DTH businesses.
Dish TV’s share of total active DTH subscriber base fell by a percentage point to 24% while Sun Direct’s share increased by the same percentage to end quarter at 10%. The share of other four DTH operators remained unchanged.
TRAI said it aims to launch a pilot project at the workshop with a view to developing a prototype of interoperable STBs and compatible smart cards.
Delhi HC will wait for the Madras HC’s verdict before it adjudicates on the petitions filed by Tata Sky and Bharti Telemedia relating to TRAI’s tariff order, interconnection and QoS regulations. The implementation of the regulations will be on hold till then.
TRAI has started the process for conducting the next round of spectrum auction in nine bands. This includes bands for 5G services and the coveted 700 MHz that went unsold in the last auction.
Madras HC reserves verdict in row between Star India–Vijay TV and TRAI in tariff order issue. A decision is expected sometime in August.
In what can cause concern to TRAI, the Telangana govt is planning to have its own satellite to telecast multiple channels.
There are 295 pay channels until 31 March 2017. These include 212 SD and 83 HD pay channels.