Top Story

e4m_logo.png

Home >> Media - TV >> Article

TRAI asks broadcasters and MSO to sign interconnect agreement before providing signals

04-November-2015
Font Size   16
TRAI asks broadcasters and MSO to sign interconnect agreement before providing signals

Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has released the draft Telecommunication (Broadcasting and Cable Services) Interconnection (Digital Addressable Cable Television Systems) (Sixth Amendment) Regulations 2015, after comments from stakeholders.

TRAI highlighted the issue about signing of interconnection agreement between broadcasters and MSOs. The draft stated, “It has been observed from the Interconnection details submitted by the service providers that signals of TV channels are being provided by several broadcasters to Multi System Operators (MSOs) and MSOs to Local Cable Operators (LCOs) even in the absence of Interconnection -agreement in writing. It has also been observed that continuation of retransmission of signal without valid interconnection agreement, on the pretext of continued mutual negotiations, often results into disputes and sometimes abrupt disconnection which affects the quality of service to the consumers.”

Another area of concern brought to the notice of the Authority was regarding the effective date of applicability of new agreements i.e. whether the new agreement should apply from the date of entering into the new agreement or from the date of expiry of earlier agreement. It not only results in complaints, but also disputes between service providers.

Therefore, the present regulations which provide scope for mutual negotiations even after expiry of the agreement has been reviewed so that no signal can be provided after expiry of the interconnection agreement between the service providers. Accordingly, it has been proposed to amend the regulation 5 of the Telecommunication (Broadcasting and Cable Services) Interconnection (Digital Addressable Cable Television Systems) Regulations 2012.

Tags TRAI Interconnect Agreement

Vijay Mansukhani, speaks to exchange4media about the resurgence of Onida, the scope of growth of consumer electronics market in India and the reasons why Indian consumer electronics brands don’t compete on a global scale

Projjol Banerjea opens up about hiring Anne Macdonald and GroupM's Rob Norman, and the brand's new identity

Meera Iyer tells exchange4media that in FY 2016/17, bigbasket clocked a revenue of Rs 1,400 crore. The online supermarket currently stands at 70,000 orders a day, with operations in 25 cities.

CMO, Kashyap Vadapalli on the start-up’s marketing play, why it has decided to stay away from IPL and response to its furniture rental apps

The campaign takes the narrative forward to persuade prospective investors to invest in mutual funds

The latest ad films crafted by FCB Interface communicates the brands’ unique proposition of inverter ACs

Ushering the launch with a campaign titled ‘The New Way to Get Rich’ showcasing how technology gets millennials closer to their financial dreams