TRAI brings into effect the new tariff order; gives timelines to service providers

The tariff order (Telecommunication (Broadcasting and Cable) Services (Eighth) (Addressable Systems) Tariff Order, 2017) upheld by Madras High Court comes into effect from today, informed the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India.

e4m by exchange4media Staff
Updated: Jul 4, 2018 8:58 AM

The tariff order (Telecommunication (Broadcasting and Cable) Services (Eighth) (Addressable Systems) Tariff Order, 2017) upheld by Madras High Court comes into effect from today, informed the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India.

“The Telecommunication (Broadcasting and Cable) Services (Eighth) (Addressable Systems) Tariff Order, 2017 and the Telecommunication (Broadcasting and Cable) Interconnection (Addressable Systems) Regulations, 2017 as upheld by the Hon’ble Madras High Court and the Telecommunication (Broadcasting and Cable) Services Standards of Quality of Service and Consumer Protection (Addressable Systems) Regulations, 2017 come into effect from 3rd July 2018,” the regulator said.

The Authority further said that it has duly filed an affidavit before the Delhi High Court in compliance to the direction of the High Court, in its order dated August 29, 2017.

On May 23, 2018, the Madras High Court, in general, had upheld the validity of the tariff order and the Telecommunication (Broadcasting and Cable) Interconnection (Addressable Systems) Regulations, 2017 after a split judgement passed by the Division Bench, on 2 March 2018, and a reference was made to the third judge.

“Accordingly, all the timelines prescribed in the Interconnection Regulation 2017, the QoS Regulation 2017 and the Tariff Order 2017 would commence from 3rd July 2018. All the service providers are required to comply with all the provisions of the regulations and tariff order afresh,” the Authority said.

Important activities and timeline:


1. The Telecommunication (Broadcasting and Cable) Services (Eighth) Addressable Systems Tariff Order, 2017: Declaration of MRP and nature of Channels by Broadcasters within 60 days; Declaration of Network Capacity fee and Distribution Retail Price (DRP) by Distributors (DPO) within 180 days, Reporting by Broadcasters within 120 days.

2. The Telecommunication (Broadcasting and Cable) Interconnection (Addressable Systems) Regulations, 2017: Publication of Reference Interconnect Offer (RIO) by Broadcasters within 60 days, Publication of Reference Interconnect Offer (RIO) by Distributors within 60 days; Signing of the interconnection agreements within 150 days.

3. The Telecommunication (Broadcasting and Cable) Services Standards of Quality of Service and Consumer Protection (Addressable Systems) Regulations, 2017: Migration of the subscribers to the new framework within 180 days; Establishment of Customer Care Centre, Website, Consumer Care Channel and Publication of Manual of Practice within 120 days.

“The Authority is of the view that implementation of the new regulatory framework will bring in transparency, enable provisioning of affordable broadcasting and cable TV services for the consumer at the same time, would lead to an orderly growth of the sector,” the regulator said in its statement.

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