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Two-member bench comprising Justice Nagamuthu and Justice Anita Sumanth has recused itself from hearing TRAI tariff order and interconnection regulation case. A petition to the Chief Justice claimed that Justice Nagamuthu had sought P Chidambaram’s help in becoming the judge. The matter will be heard by a new bench.
While recommending infrastructure sharing among MSOs, LCOs, HITS and DTH operators on a voluntary basis, TRAI has asked MIB to make suitable amendments to licence conditions. The move would reduce capex, lower entry barriers for new players and provide more bandwidth for niche channels to reach targeted customers.
Madras HC refuses to pass interim order on Star and Vijay TV’s petition seeking a stay on TRAI’s tariff order and interconnection regulation following undertaking by the latter. TRAI tells HC that order and regulation will only come into force a month from date of publishing in gazette. Tariff order and interconnection will be published on 3 Apr and will come into effect from 3 May.
Capping of carriage fee at 20 paisa per channel and MSO-LCO rev share in TRAI’s new interconnect regulation
TRAI retains most of its recommendations in regulation including capping carriage fees for SD channels at 20 paisa per channel per subscriber per month and 40 paisa for HD channels. Also prescribed is rev share of 55:45 between MSOs and LCOs for network capacity fee in case they fail to arrive at a mutual agreement.
Following the go-ahead from the Supreme Court, TRAI has notified the tariff order for DAS and interconnection regulation that will govern the relationship between broadcasters and distribution platform operators (DPOs) like DTH, cable TV, IPTV and HITS operators. The quality of service and consumer protection regulations has also been notified.