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TRAI releases draft direction on delivering broadband services


TRAI has released a draft direction on the delivery of broadband services in a transparent manner.

Differential pricing of data services will create ‘carriage fee’ monster, says Star


If telecom ops are allowed differential pricing for data services, it will create a situation akin to that in cable sector where broadcasters have to pay carriage fee to MSOs, Star said.

Stakeholders suggest TRAI amend draft model and standard interconnect agreements


MSOs, LCOs and broadcasters have suggested some amendments to TRAI’s draft model and standard interconnection agreements. The stakeholders have different views on the time duration for termination of interconnect contract, TV signal piracy and migration of LCOs to any distributor of signals.

TRAI moots BOOT model for implementing BharatNet


TRAI has recommended build-own-operate-transfer as one of the models for implementing BharatNet or the National Broadband Plan to expand the footprint of broadband networks nationally.

DTH ops urge TRAI to regulate wholesale RIO rates before regulating retail a la carte pricing


Raising the red flag against TRAI’s proposed twin conditions on regulating a la carte rates of the channels at the retail level, the DTH Association has said that the authority should first regulate the RIO rates or wholesale rates based on which the retail rates are derived.

Star takes a dig at TRAI, wants telcos to share rev with OTT players for driving data usage


Having created their digital content platforms, television broadcasters in India are worried about having to pay carriage fees to internet service providers.

TRAI gets moving on OTT, issues consultation paper


Issues arising from net neutrality, network discrimination and traffic management practices, non-price-based discrimination of services, ensuring transparency to consumers, and pricing-related matters including differential pricing for data access are discussed in the consultation paper.

TRAI’s proposed CPE tariff order to negatively impact DTH ops


TRAI has not looked into the impact of churn and double taxation, DTH ops said. A new subscriber would also be unwilling to buy old CPE equipment. The obligation to provide free repair and replacement of CPE for a period of five years is lopsided. There should be no capping of activation and installation charges at Rs 350. TRAI should exclude all kind of CPEs from the tariff order except SD CPEs.

TRAI extends deadline for comments on draft tariff order for CPEs in DTH


TRAI extends the last date for comments on the draft tariff order prescribing framework for commercial interoperability of CPE in DTH services to 19 Mar.

TRAI to hold OHD on Virtual Network Operators on 31 Jan

TRAI will hold an open-house discussion on ‘Delinking of the licence for networks from delivery of services by way of Virtual Network Operators in Delhi on 31 Jan.