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UP MSO says won’t transmit IndiaCast signals in 81 cities until after audit

MUMBAI: Uttar Pradesh-based multi-system operator (MSO) Technobile Systems has told the Telecom Disputes Settlement & Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT) that it will not make transmission of IndiaCast’s signals in any of the 81 cities that are included in the reference interconnect offer (RIO) for Gorakhpur until the audit of its system is completed.

The MSO also said that it would immediately stop transmitting IndiaCast’s signals in Gorakhpur, Unnao, Sultanpur, Faizabad and Shuklaganj.

The MSO made this submission following the interim report by Advocate Commissioners Tejveer Singh Bhatia and Vibhav Srivastava, which revealed the way transmission of the content distributor’s signals is being made in Gorakhpur and at other places through the its network.

IndiaCast counsel Amit Sibal stated that the distributor would complete the audit of the MSO’s system in all places within 15 days from today.

The matter has been put up under the same head on the date already fixed.

In the earlier order, the tribunal had directed the Advocate Commissioners to jointly visit the MSO’s system at Gurgaon and find out whether the transmission of the distributor’s signals in Gorakhpur are being done from the Lucknow head-end of the petitioner and whether the SMS correctly records the subscribers receiving the respondent’s signals in Gorakhpur and the aforesaid other places through the petitioner’s network.

They were also asked to examine the command data and the command log of the system to verify whether any changes have been introduced after 23 September. They were also told to see whether historical data, especially from 20 August, is available in the subscriber management system (SMS).

Besides, the Advocate Commissioners were also told to see if the conditional access system (CAS) in different places (and specially at Gorakhpur) is properly connected and integrated with the SMS at Gurgaon and whether CAS system is also available at Gurgaon, and if so, they would also make due examination of the petitioner’s CAS system.