NEWS & UPDATE
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10 November 2018
TRAI note states regulations, Tariff order commence on 3rd July, 2018 to now be completed by broadcasters in terms of the recent Supreme Court dismissal of the appeal
The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (“TRAI”) has notified a new set of Regulations in 2017 which comprises the following-

a. The Telecommunication (Broadcasting and Cable) Services (Eight) (Addressable Systems) Tariff Order, 2017 dated 03.03.2017 as amended on 30.03.2017 [“Tariff Order”]

b. The Telecommunication (Broadcasting and Cable) Services Regulations, 2017 dated 03.03.2017 [“Interconnection Regulation”]

c. The Telecommunication (Broadcasting and Cable) Services Standards of Quality of Service and Consumer Protection (Addressable Systems) Regulations, 2017 dated 03.03.2017 [“Quality of Service Regulations”]

d. TRAI Press Note dated 03.07.2018

All the timelines as prescribed in the Tariff Order, Interconnection Regulations and Quality of Services Regulations have commenced from the 3rd of July, 2018 and therefore, all the Service Providers are required to comply with the provisions of the above said in a fresh manner from the said date and the same has have to necessarily be complied with by the Broadcasters after a challenge to the Regulations and Tariff Order by Broadcaster Star has been set aside by a division bench of the Honorable Supreme Court. In terms of TRAI’s Press Note on the same, the following compliances have to be met by the Broadcasters-  
  1. The Telecommunication (Broadcasting and Cable) Services (Eight)(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) ny Broadcasters within 60 days; Publication of Reference Interconnect (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.
It is important to note that the Writ Petitions challenging the Regulations and Tariff Order on merits are pending before the Hon’ble Delhi High Court and are listed on 12.11.2018