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TRAI seeks fortnightly reports on CAS progress from MSOs

30-September-2006
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TRAI seeks fortnightly reports on CAS progress from MSOs

Telecom regulator TRAI has ordered multi-system operators (MSOs) to furnish details of the progress on implementation of Conditional Access System (CAS) every 15 days. The first such report would be for the fortnight ending October 15, 2006.

TRAI had issued norms specifying standards of Quality of Service to be observed by MSOs / cable operators in CAS notified areas of Chennai, Mumbai, Delhi and Kolkata.

The regulator had fixed October 15, 2006 as the date by which all broadcasters, MSOs and cable operators have to sign interconnection agreement in the areas where CAS has to be implemented. As per a Delhi High Court order, CAS has to be implemented in the notified areas of Delhi, Mumbai and Kolkata by December 31, 2006.

Under the standard interconnection agreement, out of the total revenue generated from pay channels, broadcasters will share 45 per cent, MSOs 30 per cent, while the remaining 25 per cent will be kept by the cable operators. No revenue sharing for basic service tier (Free-to-Air channels) charges and carriage charges have been mandated. The carriage fee will be retained fully by the MSOs, while the charges for basic tier services will be retained fully by the cable operators.

TRAI held that the objective of having standard interconnection agreements was to ensure that implementation of CAS did not get delayed in case the service providers failed to enter into mutually acceptable interconnection agreements through negotiation within the stipulated time.

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