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As Star complains, TDSAT directs BECIL to conduct audit of Mumbai-based MSO’s headend

MUMBAI: The Telecom Disputes Settlement & Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT) has directed Broadcast Engineering Consultants India Ltd (BECIL) to conduct audit of Mumbai-based multi-system operator (MSO) Home Systems’ headend.

Respondent Star India complained that the MSO’s headend, conditional access system (CAS) and the subscriber management system (SMS) were not properly integrated during the course of commercial audit. Hence, the data generated by SMS was incorrect.

The tribunal has asked BECIL to find out whether the CAS and SMS at the MSO’s headend are properly integrated on the date of the audit and to examine, based on historical data available in the system, whether the systems were properly integrated during the period April 2014 to November 2014, when the commercial audit was made by Star.

The tribunal said that it would be open to Star to submit to BECIL the report of its audit and the data collected from the MSO’s system in course of the audit.

BECIL has been asked to submit its report to the tribunal within four weeks. The MSO will bear the cost of the audit. The matter has been put up under the same heading on 6 November.

The tribunal also directed Star not to discontinue the supply of signals to the MSO, provided it makes payment of Rs 26.74 lakh (Rs 2.67 million) by 30 September and makes regular payment according to the invoices issued by Star.

Home Systems had filed the petition against a disconnection notice issued by Star for non-payment of dues. The dues were under two heads—one related to the licence fee and the other to the demand made by Star on the basis of a commercial audit of the petitioner’s headend.

The licence fee dues in the notice amount to Rs 56 lakh (Rs 5.6 million) of which the MSO had paid a sum of Rs 27.37 lakh (Rs 2.73 million) after the notice. It also claimed that the licence fee dues up to 31 August amounted to Rs 26.74 lakhs (Rs 2.67 million).

Home Systems counsel Diggaj Pathak stated that the MSO would pay the aforesaid amount by 30 September. The petitioner will also pay the monthly invoices for the month of September in accordance with law.