Broadcasters publish RIO in compliance with new TRAI tariff order

TRAI implemented the Telecommunication (Broadcasting and Cable) Interconnection (Addressable Systems) Regulations 2017 on July 3 after it was upheld by Madras High Court with an exception.

by exchange4media Staff
Published - Sep 4, 2018 4:31 PM Updated: Sep 4, 2018 4:31 PM

Most of the major broadcasters have published their Reference Interconnect Offer (RIO) along with the Interconnection Agreement, in compliance with the new tariff regime introduced by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI). The deadline for compliance was August 31, 2018.

Big broadcasters, including Zee Entertainment Enterprises Limited, Sony Pictures Networks India Private Limited and TV18 Broadcast Limited, have declared their RIOs.

“This RIO shall be effective for the term commencing from 29-December-2018 (i.e., at the end of 180 days from the date of TRAI’s press release dated 3-July-2018, read with TRAI’s notifications dated 3-March-2017),” reads the RIO published by TV18 Broadcast Ltd.

However, Star India, which is one of the petitioners against TRAI tariff and interconnect order, is yet to file its ROI. The appeals by Star India and Vijay Television, which were listed for August 28, will now be heard on September 5 by the Supreme Court Bench of Justice Rohinton Fali Nariman and Justice Indu Malhotra.

On July 3, 2018, TRAI had implemented the Telecommunication (Broadcasting and Cable) Interconnection (Addressable Systems) Regulations 2017 after it was upheld by the Madras High Court with an exception. While bringing the order into effect on July 3, the TRAI had prescribed timelines for the stakeholders.

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