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LMOs victor as Bombay HC directs TRAI to settle interconnect issue

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MUMBAI: The Bombay High Court today (1 September, 2015) issued direction to the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) to settle the Interconnect Agreement (ICA) issue between last mile owners (LMOs) and multi system operators (MSOs) within two weeks. A report has to be submitted to the TRAI on the proceedings in 30 days.



?All LMOs are advised not to sign the one sided Interconnect Agreement of all MSOs. If the LMO has already signed without understanding the same and if the MSO has not given a copy of the Interconnect Agreement with their company seal and signature within 15 days of signing the same then the Interconnect Agreement is null and void,? said Maharashtra Cable Operators Federation (MCOF) in a statement.



Speaking to Indiantelevision.com MCOF president Arvind Prabhu said, ?This is a victory for the last mile operators who were constantly denied their dues. It?s the LMOs who do all the hard work in maintaining a cordial relationship with the consumers and growing the customer base, but MSOs are not ready to acknowledge this. We want a justified proposition through which the last mile operators will get their due.?



?We want an agreement, which will be a balanced proposition between all the stakeholders. We want to have a transparent ecosystem where there is clarity on every aspect including revenue system. Ignoring LMOs or not giving them their due certainly cannot be the way forward,? added Prabhu.      



?A just and fair ICA will now be drafted under the supervision of the Hon. Bombay High Court by TRAI and parties involved. All MSOs are to be made parties in this matter by MCOF so that there is a common just and fair Interconnect Agreement for all LMOs across India,? MCOF said in the statement.

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