The United Cable Operators’ Welfare Association (UCOWA), an organisation of 182 LCOs operating in Delhi, will have to wait a little longer to get clarity on tariff rates from Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI).
It may be recalled that UCOWA had filed a petition against TRAI with the Telecom Disputes Settlement & Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT) on June 11, 2012. The petition seeks clarity on tariff rates for LCOs post cable TV digitisation.
The hearing in this regard took place on June 25 and TDSAT has deferred the hearing till August 7.
Speaking with exchange4media, Sukhvinder Pal Sehgal, President, UCOWA, said, “We have got the date for August 7. TRAI has said that they will give an answer in the next hearing and will be also prepared for cross questioning.”
The LCOs’ next step depends on the court proceedings on August 7. UCOWA is prepared to move the Delhi High Court and even the Supreme Court if TDSAT fails to address their problems.
Sehgal called the decision of postponing the digitisation deadline to November 1, 2012 a wise move as it would give time to LCOs and MSOs to be well prepared. It will also give time to solve the various issues with broadcasters and government bodies.
Delhi LCO body seeks tariff rate clarity from TRAI