TRAI to meet b'casters, MSOs, DTH ops, telcos on '17 roadmap

NEW DELHI: As promised by TRAI chairman RS Sharma, the regulator is getting pro-active. It has scheduled meetings with top executives of telecom, broadcasting, DTH and MSO companies over the next one week starting 6 January, 2017 to seek their opinion on issues to be taken up during 2017.

The first of these high-level meetings would take place Friday when TRAI Chairman and other officials would interact with CEOs of all telecom companies, including Bharti, Vodafone and Reliance Jio, to discuss and identify important issues that need to be taken up during the year, PTI reported.

A similar meeting is slated with top executives of cable, broadcasting, MSO and DTH companies on January 10, 2017, PTI quoted TRAI sources as saying.

"We have invited the CEOs of all telecom companies, including Bharti Airtel, Vodafone, Idea Cellular, Reliance Jio and others for a discussion on January 6. Similarly, we have invited top executives of broadcasting companies, MSOs, and DTH companies on January 10,” the PTI report quoted sources as saying.

TRAI’s latest initiatives are in line with what Chairman RS Sharma had told in a year-end interview middle of December 2016 on charting a roadmap for 2017.

“What we plan to do in 2017 is something interesting. While there will be always issues that will need TRAI’s urgent attention --- for example, the government may ask for advice on spectrum prices --- we are trying to create a calendar for the next year.... highlighting the works that need to be taken up in 2017 and which will act as a roadmap,” Sharma had told

Asked about the issues likely to be taken up by TRAI in2017, in consultation with the industry, Sharma had indicated it could involve data and consumer protection, Internet of Things (IoT), digital terrestrial broadcasting and other issues related to emerging technologies.


"There would be a lot on TRAI's plate in 2017" - RS Sharma

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