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Broadband subscribers increased 2.79%; Reliance Jio added nearly 4 mn subs

Jio’s subscriber base stood at 112.55 mn. Top 5 wired broadband service providers were BSNL, Airtel, Atria, MTNL and You Broadband.

Madras HC adjourns Star’s petition against TRAI’s tariff order to 27 June

Chief Justice Indira Banerjee said that the Madras HC would not be able to hear the case before 27 June and that the court would decide which bench would hear the case.

TRAI launches service provider’s portal for broadcasting and cable sector

TRAI has launched a new service provider’s portal for the broadcasting and cable TV sector. The purpose is to effectively communicate and educate service providers about the regulatory framework.

TRAI issues consultation paper on transparency in data speed of wireless broadband

TRAI has issued a consultation paper ‘Data Speed Under Wireless Broadband Plans’ seeking the inputs of stakeholders on ensuring transparency and customer awareness regarding data speeds under wireless broadband plans.

TRAI warns action against MSOs that place a TV channel in multiple genres

Following the slugfest between English news channels on one side and Arnab Goswami’s Republic TV on the other over the issue of dual LCNs, TRAI has warned MSOs that it would take action if the regulation on this was violated. It has noted that several MSOs are placing some channels at more than one LCN under multiple genres simultaneously.

Broadband subs grew 5.82% to 276.52 mn in March

The top five wired broadband service providers were BSNL (9.98 mn), Bharti Airtel (2.08 mn), Atria Convergence Technologies (1.17 mn), MTNL (1.01 mn) and You Broadband (0.62 mn).

TRAI suggests Aadhar ID for internet, broadband, fixed-line subs

Internet, broadband and fixed-line subscribers will need to provide Aadhaar card number for verification to subscribe to new connections, TRAI has said. The recommendation needs to be accepted by DoT before it comes into force.

Tata Sky, Airtel Digital TV move Delhi HC against TRAI tariff order and regulations

Both the petitions will be heard by the division bench of acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice Any Malhotra. The appeals contend that TRAI’s tariff order and regulation violates Article 19 (1)(G) of the Constitution, which allows citizens “to practise any profession, or to carry on any occupation, trade or business”.

TRAI extends deadline to submit comments on ease of doing biz in TV sector

TRAI extends deadline for submitting comments on pre-consultation paper on ease of doing biz in Indian TV broadcasting sector to 19 May.

Supreme Court grants stay on TRAI’s new tariff order

Much to the relief of Star India, the Supreme Court has stayed TRAI’s tariff order and interconnection regulation till the Madras HC decides on the broadcaster’s petition challenging the regulator’s powers to fix tariff for TV content. The apex court has also directed the Madras HC to conclude the matter in four weeks. The matter will come up for hearing on 12 June.