TRAI extends deadline for submitting comments on draft second amendment

MUMBAI: The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has extended the time for receipt of comments on ‘Draft (Second Amendment) to The Telecommunication (Broadcasting and Cable) Services Standards of Quality of Service and Consumer Protection (Addressable Systems) Regulations 2017’.

The TRAI had released a draft regulation on 9th August inviting written comments from stakeholders by 22nd August 2019.

On request of some of the stakeholders, the last date for receipt of written comments has been extended up to 29th August 2019. It has also been decided that no request for any further extension of time for submission of comments shall be entertained.

Through this draft regulation (second amendment), TRAI is seeking the comments of the stakeholders on the issue of developing of app by third parties and consequent sharing of information using API between distribution platform operators (DPOs) and consumers to have ease in selection of channels of their choice and reduce TV viewing charges by optimising their subscription while allowing them to view channels of their interest.

TRAI envisions a scalable model in which consumer (through Apps/Portals) can securely communicate with the platforms managed by DPOs. The IT application will facilitate consumers to choose channels/bouquets of their interest among the offerings by their respective DPO. The IT application may suggest an optimum configuration of bouquets based on channels desired by the subscriber to reduce the total monthly bill.

A key requirement for TV Channel Selection System is to provide a solution that can work throughout the country and be accessible by every customer of Broadcasting & Cables Services sector. Other requirements include evolving the simple and robust solution, which is stable, scalable and secure.

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