Calcutta HC vacates stay order on TRAI tariff order

MUMBAI: The Calcutta High Court has vacated the stay granted on 29th January on the implementation of the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India’s (TRAI) tariff order.

However, those local cable operators (LCOs) who have not signed interconnection agreements under the new regime have been given time till 8th February to negotiate with multi system operators (MSOs).

Post 8th February, the revenue share as per TRAI’s new regime will be applicable. The matter has been posted for hearing on 6th March.

The Calcutta High Court dismissed the petition as the TRAI convinced the HC that the 55:45 revenue share arrangement is just a fall-back arrangement and the MSOs and the LCOs have the freedom to arrive at any revenue share arrangement.

The TRAI also argued that the Kerala High Court has dismissed a similar petition filed by LCOs challenging the revenue share arrangement it has prescribed.

On 30th January, the TRAI had filed an application before the Calcutta High Court to vacate the stay granted on the implementation of the new tariff order and regulations. The HC had stayed the implementation of the new tariff order until 18th February.

Representing TRAI, Additional Solicitor General Kausik Chanda had stated that the regulator was not served with sufficient notice on this writ petition. The LCOs from West Bengal had filed a petition challenging the revenue share arrangement mooted by the regulator.

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