Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) issued a correction paper on issues related to implementation of digital addressable cable connection in the Indian household. “The main aim is to ensure that the interest of consumers is protected and at the same time to nurture conditions for growth of telecommunications, broadcasting and cable services in a manner and at a pace which will enable India to play a leading role in the emerging global information society,” said Dr J S Sharma, Chairman, TRAI.
Talking about the retail tariff for the digital addressable cable TV system, Sharma said there is a debate on whether the a-la-carte channel price should be linked to the wholesale price or should there be a common ceiling across all genres for the FTA (Free To Air) channels or different ceilings for different genres.
Adding to the subject of tariff, Dr A K Rastogi, President, All India Aavishkar Dish Antena Sangh said, “TRAI is working co-operatively to promote the digital cable connection but when it comes to tariff rate, it will be easier if it allows the MSOs (Multi System Operators) to decide the rates between consumers and the service providers. In this open market it is necessary for both, the consumers and service providers, to have mutual understanding.”
The speakers shared their views in an open discussion organised by TRAI in New Delhi.