TRAI extends deadline to submit comments on ease of doing biz in TV sector

MUMBAI: The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has extended the deadline for submitting comments on the pre-consultation paper on the ease of doing business in the Indian TV broadcasting sector to 19 May.

The earlier deadline was 8 May, but on stakeholders’ request, the regulator has extended it. The paper was issued on 19 April.

Through the consultation paper, the authority aims to review various policy issues related to the broadcasting sector and create a conducive and business-friendly environment in the sector.

It also aims to identify the procedural bottlenecks that affect the ease of doing business in the broadcasting sector and recommend measures for simplifying the rules and regulations, and bring more transparency and clarity in policies/framework of the broadcasting sector.

The authority also wants to remove entry barriers by laying down well-defined and transparent procedures and processes, thereby creating a level playing field and competition in the sector.

The other objectives are to facilitate innovation and technology adoption in the sector for providing a better quality of service to the consumers, steer further growth of the sector by attracting investment through investor-friendly policies, and promote indigenous manufacturing of broadcasting equipment.

The pre-consultation with the stakeholders is meant to identify issues that are required to be addressed for the ease of doing business in the broadcasting sector so that an exhaustive consultation with the stakeholders can be undertaken subsequently.

The authority has sought the comments of stakeholders on the following issues:

(i) Issues related to processes and procedures for obtaining permission/licence/registration for the following broadcasting services and subsequent compliances connected with these permissions.

(a) uplinking of TV channels

(b) downlinking of TV channels

(c) teleport services

(d) direct-to-home services

(e) private FM services

(f) headend-in-the sky services

(g) local cable operators

(h) multi-system operators

(i) community radio

(j) any other related issue

(ii) Allocation of broadcasting spectrum

(a) clearance from the Department of Space

(b) WPC clearance for broadcasting services

(c) SACFA clearance process

(d) clearance from Network Operations Control Centre (NOCC)

(e) any other related issue

(iii) Other issues

(a) disaster recovery site for DTH operators

(b) transmission of radio services over DTH platform

(c) right of way for cable operators

(d) broadband through cable TV

(e) open sky policy for Ku-band

(f) rationalization of FDI policy in the broadcasting sector

(g) developing India as a teleport hub

(h) skilled manpower in the broadcasting sector

(i) indigenous manufacturing of broadcasting equipment

Stakeholders can flag other issues which may require policy interventions to facilitate the ease of doing business.