TDSAT directs Sun Distribution & Hathway to resolve disputes with LCOs

NEW DELHI: The Telecom Disputes Settlement and Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT) has directed Sun Distribution Services Pvt. Ltd to restore its signals to local cable operator (LCO) CK Cable Network Pvt. Ltd on receipt of a payment of Rs 12.5 lakh.

TDSAT chairman Aftab Alam and members Kuldip Singh and B B Srivastava said, “Needless to say that the payment would be on-account and without prejudice to the rights and contentions of the two sides.”

Listing the matter for 22 February, the Tribunal permitted Sun to file its reply by the end of this week.

In another order, Hathway Cable & Datacom Ltd was directed to execute an interconnect agreement with Sri Sai Communications, Hyderabad by mid-February.

Listing the matter for 22 February, the Tribunal said the parties may settle the commercial terms on the basis of mutual negotiations, otherwise, the relationship will be on the basis of the relevant provisions in the Regulations and the tariff orders.

Following the execution of the agreement, the respondent shall supply STBs to Sri Sai Communications against duly filled customer acquisition forms (CAFs) submitted by the LCO. Invoices will be raised on the basis of the number of active STBs as reflected in Hathway's subscriber management system.

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