TRAI extends deadline for providing comments on draft interconnect agreements regulation

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MUMBAI: The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has extended the deadline for submitting written comments on draft Telecommunication (Broadcasting and Cable) Services Register of Interconnection Agreements Regulations, 2019 till 13th May.

Earlier the authority had fixed 6th May as the last date for receiving written comments from the stakeholders on the draft regulations.

The authority in its release said, “The stakeholders have sought an extension of time for sending their comments on the draft Telecommunication (Broadcasting and Cable) Services Register of Interconnection Agreements Regulations, 2019. In view of this, it has been decided to extend the last date for submission of written comments up to 13th May. Counter comments may also be submitted by 20th May 2019. No further requests for extension would be considered.”

On 22nd April, the authority had released the draft seeking comments from the stakeholders. The objective of this draft regulation is to ensure that all the interconnection agreements are filed by every broadcaster and the distributor of television channels (with an average active subscriber base of its entire distribution network equal to or more than two lakhs).

The authority had earlier stated that the primary objective of the register of Interconnect regulations is to formulate the contours of a reporting system for the service providers so that they can report details of interconnection agreements including commercial details to the authority. The regulations would also enable it to maintain a register of interconnect as per provisions of TRAI Act.

The existing regulation mandates broadcasters of pay TV channels, DTH operators, HITS operators and IPTV operators to report to the authority, annually, the information relating to the interconnection agreements signed among them.


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