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TRAI calls for expediting interconnection

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MUMBAI: The implementation of Digital Addressable Cable TV Systems (DAS) in India is in progress in a phased manner. The entire structuring is planned in 4 phases.  In Phase-III, the    sunset  dates   for   analog   TV   transmission in   urban   areas   is 31 December, 2015.  

The  MSOs (Multi System  Operators), who   have  been  granted registration  for  providing   cable  TV  services through  DAS,  are required to enter  into interconnection agreements with pay TV broadcasters for  re-transmission of  pay  TV  channels to  the  subscribers.

According to the official report for implementation of DAS, the Authority has notified a comprehensive regulatory framework encompassing interconnection, quality of service, consumer complaint redressal regulation and tariff orders.

The Regulatory framework for DAS  provides that every broadcaster shall  provide  the  signals of TV  channels to a  MSO, in accordance with  its  reference  interconnect offer  or as  may  be mutually agreed,  within  60 days from  the date of receipt  of the request and in case the request for providing signals of TV Channels is not agreed  to, the reasons  for such  refusal to provide signals  shall  be  conveyed to the  person  making  a request  within  60  days  from  the  date  of request.

As the cutoff date for Phase-III areas is fast approaching, the registered MSOs are advised to make a written request to the broadcasters of pay channels for provisioning of the signals of TV channels as per their business requirement, so that they get signals of pay TV channels well before the cutoff date.

The MSOs  who  have  approached  pay TV  broadcasters  for providing  signals  of TV channels  in accordance  with the provisions  of the interconnection  regulations  but have not been able to enter into interconnection  agreement even after passage of 60 days from the date of making request and also not received valid reasons for not entering into interconnection agreement from the broadcaster may write to TRAI by 28 November, 2015 through e-mail at das@trai.gov.in  for initiating action in such cases as per TRAI Act.

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