TRAI announces 1-month migration period for smooth implementation of tariff order
TRAI said the decision has been taken to make the consumers aware about the new framework
To ensure smooth implementation of the new tariff regulatory framework, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has decided to provide a one-month migration period. During the migration period, which will last till January 31, 2019, the subscribers will continue to get uninterrupted services and there will be no blackout of channels.
The decision has been taken by TRAI following a series of meetings and consultations with all stakeholders, including Consumers Advocacy Groups (CAG) over the last 4-6 weeks.
In a statement, TRAI has said that it was duly noted that to make the consumers aware about the new framework and the process of seeking fresh choice of TV channels from about 150 million subscribers would require some time and resources of the service providers.
Subsequently, the authority also held meetings on December, 19, 2018 and December 27, 2018 with various service providers of the broadcasting and cable services sector. The preparedness for migration of all subscribers from old to the new framework was also assessed. The issue of smooth migration was specifically discussed and deliberated upon. It emerged from the discussions that by and large, most of the stakeholders are ready for implementation of new regulatory framework, TRAI said.
In order to facilitate all the service providers to migrate their subscribers from old to new framework, the Authority has issued a schedule of activities containing inter-alia as under:
• All existing packs/plans/bouquets to the subscribers will continue uninterrupted till 31st January 2019.
• No service provider to disconnect any signal/feed to any MSO/ LCO/ subscriber till 31st January 2019.
• DPOs to devise their own mechanism to reach out to all the subscribers and seek options from subscribers.
• DPOs to migrate all the subscribers to new framework w.e.f. 1st February 2019 as per options exercised by them
The Authority has emphasised that all provisions of the Interconnection Regulations 2017, the QoS Regulations 2017 and the Tariff Order 2017 are in force and the regulatory provisions contained therein may be strictly complied with while implementing the prescribed schedule of activities. The DPOs shall declare the Distributor Retail Price (DRP) and Network Capacity Fee (NCF) as per the timelines given by TRAI.
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