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TRAI issues recommendations on ease of doing business in broadcasting sector

27-February-2018
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TRAI issues recommendations on ease of doing business in broadcasting sector

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) said in its recommendations on “Ease of Doing Business in Broadcasting Sector”, released on Monday evening, that it was necessary that “the processes which are inefficient and obsolete should be re-engineered”.

It also told the government to contemplate creating a centre of excellence exclusively for broadcasting sector.

“To facilitate ease of doing business in the Broadcasting sector, it is necessary that the procedural framework for grant of permission, registration and licenses, introduced over a period of time, is reviewed,” said the TRAI adding that processes which are redundant should be done away with.

The Authority, on April 19, 2017, had suo motu issued a pre-consultation paper to identify relevant issues which need to be addressed for ease of doing business in the broadcasting sector, following which, on July 31, 201, a detailed consultation paper was issued.

Here are some of the key recommendations of the TRAI on Ease of Doing Business in Broadcasting Sector:

Grant of permission for uplinking and downlinking of satellite TV channels by MIB

1. The process of granting permission for uplinking of satellite TV channels from India should be streamlined by removing redundant processes; re - engineer necessary processes, and make them efficient using ICT.

2. DoS should take the decision on clearance for satellite use for broadcasting services within a period of 60 days.

3. Initially, MHA should take the decision on security clearance to an applicant company seeking license for DTH services and its key personnel within a period of 60 days. Also, in case of any change in key personnel, MHA should take the decision within a period of 60 days.

4. DoS should take the decision on clearance for satellite use for DTH services within a period of 60 days.

5. The Authority recommends that the issue of open sky policy for Ku band frequencies may be taken up by MIB in INSAT Coordination Committee (ICC) meeting and the same should be adopted.

6. The registration of LCO and its renewal should be carried out through online portal. Further, the period of registration for LCO should be increased to 5 years.

7. MIB should take necessary steps to frame Right of Way Rules under the Cable TV Act .

8. The Government should contemplate creating a Centre of Excellence exclusively for broadcasting services. This centre should study technical, economic, and social aspects of the broadcasting ecosystem .

9. The Government should consider issuing a comprehensive policy guideline to promote research and manufacturing of hardware and software for broadcasting services .

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