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TRAI extends deadline for comments on draft regulation on register of interconnection agreements

The regulatory body took the decision as stakeholders sought extension of time.

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MUMBAI: The Telecom Regulatory  Authority of India (TRAI) has extended the deadline for receiving comments on the draft Telecommunication (Broadcasting and  Cable)   Services Register of Interconnection  Agreements Regulations, 2019. While earlier the deadline was fixed as 6 May, now it has extended up to 13 May.

The regulatory body took the decision as stakeholders sought extension of time for sending their comments on the draft. As per the notifications, counter comments may also be submitted by 20 May. TRAI had issued draft Telecommunication (Broadcasting and Cable) Services Register of Interconnection Agreements Regulations, 2019 last month.

The primary objective of register of interconnect regulations is to formulate the contours of a reporting system for the service providers so that they can report details of interconnection agreements including commercial details to the authority. It would enable TRAI to maintain register of interconnect as per provisions of TRAI Act. The existing regulation mandates broadcasters of pay TV channels, DTH operators, HITS operators and IPTV operators to report to the authority, annually, the information relating to the interconnection agreements signed among them.

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