NEW DELHI: The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India
(TRAI) has expressed serious concern over the slow progress
in filling up of consumer details in Kolkata despite
a deadline of 23 August for subscriber application forms
After a meeting in Kolkata with multi-system operators
who are required to update their subscriber management
system for supplying signals to cable operators, TRAI
said only around 30 per cent of the subscriber information
was available with the MSOs. The meeting was addressed
by N Parameswaram, Principal Advisor (Broadcasting)
'This situation is totally unacceptable and alarming',
a press note signed by Parameswaram said, adding that
all MSOs have been asked to initiate immediate steps
to remedy the situation.
He said TRAI may be forced to take penal action against
MSOs/ local cable operators in case the deadline is
While requesting subscribers to cooperate, he said that
MSOs would have no option but to switch off signals
to those subscribers who have not given complete CAFs
by 23 August.
Furthermore, he said MSOs who do not switch off the
signals to offending subscribers would be in breach
of the law.