Kerala HC adjourns interconnection agreements regulation matter to 18 Feb

MUMBAI: The Kerala High Court has adjourned the register of interconnection agreements regulation matter to 18th February. The HC stated that the interim order directing TRAI not to take coercive action will continue.

In January, the All India Digital Cable Federation (AIDCF) had moved Kerala High Court against the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India’s (TRAI) register of interconnection agreements regulation.

The HC had adjourned the matter to 3rd February while directing TRAI not to take any coercive action. TRAI was given two weeks time to file its counter on the petition. The TRAI filed its counter on 1st February.

The AIDCF has argued that the placement, marketing and other agreements between broadcasters and distribution platform operators (DPOs) are outside the TRAI’s purview.

Earlier, the Indian Broadcasting Foundation (IBF) had challenged the regulation in the Delhi High Court. The matter has been adjourned to 14th February 2020.

In September 2019, the TRAI had notified the Telecommunication (Broadcasting and Cable) Services Register of Interconnection Agreements and all such other matters Regulations, 2019.

The new regulation mandates that the broadcasters must report details of interconnection agreements with DPOs including commercial details to the authority. This includes the details of all other individual agreements which include marketing, placement, agreements on advertisement slots, and extended credit facility.

It further states that the marketing fee details and for that matter, any kind of fee for a channel, between broadcaster and distributor shall be reported to the authority.

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