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TRAI issues consultation paper on migration to IP-based networks

In the wake of migration to IP-based networks, TRAI has issued a consultation paper to address interconnection and quality of service issues.

TRAI wants to bring VAS and local cable channels under regulatory framework

One of the restrictions that could be introduced is the exclusion of local cable news channels from the programmes permitted on platform services. TRAI also feels that there should be a cap on the number of PS channels offered by a distribution platform operator.

TRAI relooks at tariff for commercial subscribers

Following a recent directive by the Supreme Court, TRAI has issued a consultation paper that relooks at the regulatory framework for tariff applicable for commercial subscribers.

TRAI seeks to prescribe minimum download speeds for telcos

TRAI has issued a consultation paper on making amendments to ‘The Standards of Quality of Service for Wireless Data Services Regulations, 2012’ to examine the benchmark for minimum download speeds offered through various technologies.

TRAI has no jurisdiction over competition-related issues: CCI

Competition Commission of India urges the ministry of corporate affairs to prevent TRAI from issuing consultation papers on cross-media, cable monopoly and cartelisation by content aggregators; move threatens to jeopardise TRAI’s efforts to frame regulations impacting competition in the broadcast sector.

TRAI to come out with recommendations on content aggregators soon

TRAI was busy implementing digitisation in Phase I and II cities and so could not finalise recommendations on content aggregation; Parameswaran says the recommendations will be out soon.

STB interoperability is not viable, say DTH operators

Set-top box interoperability should be kept out of the new licence guidelines the TRAI is working on, DTH operators say. They point out that technical interoperability is not only difficult to achieve since different DTH operators have deployed different technologies but it is also commercially unviable.

How DTH companies view TRAI’s proposal on cross-media restrictions

Vertically integrated operators like Tata Sky, Dish TV and Reliance Digital TV have urged TRAI not to impose any cross-media restrictions on DTH companies. They rule out market distortions and feel that interconnection regulations will take care of issues with broadcasters. However, Videocon d2h is in favour of TRAI proposals.

TRAI proposes DTH licence fee charges at 8% AGR in new consultation paper

In its follow-up consultation paper, TRAI proposes licence fee for DTH services be charged at 8% of AGR from the existing 10%; defines control and touches upon cross-holding, interoperability of STBs and migration fee.

MSOs want content aggregators dismantled

MSOs suggest a host of measures to rein in content aggregators; these include cap on equity holding, not allowing distribution of channels of other broadcasters, price cap on a al carte channels.