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TRAI gives DTH players more time

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MUMBAI: The DTH players now have time until 5 December to furnish their views on the supplementary consultation paper on ‘Issues related to new DTH licences.’ The earlier deadline set by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) for submitting views and comments was 25 November.

It was on 14 November that the consultation paper was released by the TRAI.  The date  extension  has been given in keeping with the request of the stakeholders.  The regulator though has made it clear that no further extensions will be entertained.

It is to be noted that the supplementary consultation paper was released as a follow up to the consultation paper it had issued on 1 October on issue/extension of DTH licences at the behest of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (I&B).

The points raised in the supplementary consultation paper were:   Cross-holdings and control between a DTH licencee, broadcasting entities and TV channel distribution entities; Interoperability of DTH STBs; Licence fee and Migration fee.

Stakeholders can send the comments in electronic form to TRAI advisor Wasi Ahmad.

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