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TRAI pulls up broadcasters, MSOs on DAS implementation

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NEW DELHI: Broadcasters were taken to task for their failure to file reports relating to subscribers while multi-system operators (MSOs) were rapped for failure to meet their commitments relating to billing in two separate meetings held with senior officials of the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) held in the first fortnight of this month.

 

The meeting, with selected broadcasters earlier this month, also saw TRAI officials asking the broadcasters about agreements with MSOs under the reference interconnect offer (RIO).

 

Broadcasters were also urged to step up awareness among subscribers in phase III and phase IV so that the transition to digital addressable system (DAS) is smooth.

 

TRAI also urged broadcasters to highlight problems faced by them in the switch-over to DAS and issues relating to connectivity.

 

In the meeting with MSOs earlier this week, problems relating to issuance of licences were also taken up.

 

The MSOs were also asked to provide a list of areas not reached by them, an issue that had also been raised at the last DAS Task Force meeting.

 

A TRAI official told Indiantelevision.com that issues relating to set top boxes were not taken up as they are being dealt with directly by the Information and Broadcasting Ministry.

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