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TDSAT puts DTH CPE case for orders on 25 May

MUMBAI: The Telecom Disputes Settlement and Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT) has admitted the appeals filed by the DTH Association, Videocon d2h and Sun Direct against the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India’s (TRAI) tariff order for customer premises equipment (CPE) and has put the matter under the heading ‘For Orders’ on 25 May.

During the hearing on 8 May, Advocate Kirtiman Singh accepted the notice on behalf of TRAI.

The tribunal directed the regulator to file a short reply to the issue of interim relief prayed for on behalf of the appellants, by 18 May. Rejoinder, if any, may be filed by 22 May.

Last week, the three parties had appealed against the tariff order that caps the installation and activation charges for DTH CPE at Rs 450. The authority had also directed DTH operators to offer an outright purchase scheme called ‘Standard Scheme’ for all types of CPE on a standalone basis. They are also required to provide free maintenance and repairs of CPE for three years after installation/activation.

The DTH operators contend that the TRAI has failed to address relevant issues raised by them while framing the tariff order. They want the tariff order to be set aside like the previous tariff, which was set aside by the TDSAT on 1 October 2014.

The tribunal had asked TRAI to issue a fresh tariff order after taking into consideration the inputs provided by the DTH operators and addressing the issues raised by them.