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

NEW DELHI: The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has extended the last date for receipt of written comments on the draft tariff order prescribing framework for commercial interoperability of customer premises equipment (CPE) in direct-to-home (DTH) services to 19 March.

The authority also added that it would not entertain any more requests for extension of time for submission of comments. The earlier deadline for receiving comments/views from the stakeholders was 13 March.

The comments have to be sent to TRAI Advisor (B&CS) Wasi Ahmad. Comments received will be posted on the TRAI website.

In the draft tariff order, the authority had proposed to cap the activation and installation charges levied by DTH operators on CPE installation at Rs 350. TRAI had also stated that the cap on installation and activation charges might be reviewed periodically.

The draft TO further mandated that there needed to be a standard buy-back/refund mechanism built into each of the standard schemes offered by the DTH operators. The operators may also offer other schemes for CPEs on instalment or rental basis.

It also provides for a lock-in period of a maximum of three months for all the schemes offered by the DTH operators.