The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India issued a consultation paper seeking views and comments on regulatory framework recommended for direct-to-home (DTH) services
he Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) on Monday issued a consultation paper seeking views and comments on regulatory framework recommended for direct-to-home (DTH) services.
Written response has been sought from stakeholders on the consultation paper by December 14 and counter comments by December 19
An MSO is an authorised service provider providing cable TV services to its subscribers.
The ministry also proposed to adopt the certain recommendations in respect of platform services offered by MSOs also by appropriately replacing the word “DTH” with “MSO” and requested TRAI to furnish its views on it.
“Further, there are a few new issues that have been raised by the ministry in its above referred letter dated October 23,2020 vis–vis applying certain recommendations made for DTH operators in 2019 on MSOs also. Therefore, in line with its practice, TRAI shall provide its recommendations to MIB after a due consultation process. Accordingly, TRAI has issued consultation paper for seeking comments of all the stakeholders, the authority said in a press note.
In the consultation paper, the regulator has sought views of the stakeholders on various issues such as the quantum of registration fee/annual fee that should be charged for each platform service channel offered by the distribution platform.
“The I&B Ministry, in the reference, has also sought recommendations on whether one-time registration fee can be considered for enhancement to ₹1 lakh per PS channel as against ₹1,000 per PS channel recommended earlier by the Authority,” TRAI said in a statement.
DPOs use PS to offer innovative services and product differentiation. It also acts as unique selling proposition (USP) for DPOs and also helps them in meeting the specific needs of their subscribers, it said. ASK KJ