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TRAI, Malaysian regulator to cooperate in telecom and broadcasting regulation

TRAI and the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission are going to cooperate in telecom and broadcasting regulation.

No. of broadband subs crosses 300 mn in June

Top five wired broadband service providers were BSNL (9.73 mn), Airtel (2.10 mn), Atria (1.22 mn), MTNL (0.98 mn) and You Broadband (0.65 mn).

TRAI seeks stakeholders’ views based on C-DOT’s suggestions for STB interoperability

TRAI has released a consultation note on solution architecture for technical interoperable STB for digital TV broadcasting services. The lack of interoperability of STBs between different service providers has not only compromised the competition in the pay TV market but also been a major hindrance to technological innovation, improvement in service quality and sector growth, TRAI said.

TRAI chairman hopes to make STB interoperability a reality in 2018

CDoT has readied a prototype to showcase the technology for interoperability of STBs. “We expect to conclude this issue in the next 5-6 months and hopefully, people will be able to use this service by next year,” said RS Sharma.

TDSAT asks Videocon d2h to pay Rs 27.80 cr, Sony not to disconnect signals

TDSAT has asked broadcaster Sony Pictures Networks India not to disconnect signals to Videocon d2h, provided the DTH operator pays Rs 27.80 crore upfront within one week.

TRAI floats consultation paper on ease of doing business in broadcasting sector

TRAI on Monday released a consultation paper to identify procedural bottlenecks that affect the ease of doing business in the broadcasting sector and to recommend measures for simplifying the rules, regulations and policies in the sector.

Tariff order: Madras HC reserves verdict on Star–Vijay vs TRAI spat

Madras HC reserves verdict in row between Star India–Vijay TV and TRAI in tariff order issue. A decision is expected sometime in August.

Broadband subs increased 2.6% to 291.61 million in May

Top 5 wired broadband service providers were BSNL (9.8 mn), Airtel (2.09 mn), Atria (1.20 mn), MTNL (0.99 mn) and YOU Broadband (0.64 mn).

Nine pay channels launched in Q4; total pay channels at 295

There are 295 pay channels until 31 March 2017. These include 212 SD and 83 HD pay channels.

FM guidelines need to be amended for migration to digital radio broadcasting: TRAI

FM radio policy guidelines will need to be amended if the existing FM players are to be encouraged to migrate to digital radio broadcasting, TRAI said. The policy guidelines for Phase III do not permit use of any digital technology.